Tami Poland was named the principal of Polenta Elementary at a Special Session Johnston County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Dec. 2.
Poland has served Johnston County Public Schools as an educator for the last decade and has strong ties to the community that Polenta Elementary serves. Most recently she was the Assistant Principal at Meadow School. She will begin her new role as Principal on Jan. 3.
“I am honored to begin my career as Principal at Polenta Elementary School,” said Poland. “I have a passion for working with young students and their families and I cannot wait to get started on this new endeavor.”
Before her time working as Assistant Principal at Meadow, Poland was the Assistant Principal at Cooper Academy which is where she also completed her AP Internship. She has also served as a teacher at schools in the Clayton community.
Poland has spent many years working with families throughout Johnston County, and also served as a Family Minister for C3 Church from 2004-2010.
She holds a masters of school administration from NC State University, and a bachelor of arts in elementary education from UNC Wilmington.
“I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things Mrs. Poland will accomplish as Principal at Polenta Elementary,” said Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy. “She has a contagious personality and is focused on student success. I know she will work hard for her students and their families.”