Wake Ed

Combs Elementary School principal wins Friday Medal

Muriel Summers, the principal of Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, has received the 2014 Friday Medal.

The Friday Medal, awarded by the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University, honors “significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing education and imparting inspiration.” Summers received the award, which Wake County school officials called “one of the highest honors bestowed upon North Carolina educators,” on Wednesday.

Summers was credited for creating the first leadership elementary school in the nation using Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits program as a foundation. The leadership model focuses on building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness and good judgment.

Combs was named the top magnet school in the nation in May by Magnet Schools of America, a trade organization.

Summers, who started her career in education 33 years ago, has been principal of Combs since 1998. Summers presents at national, state, and local conferences and consults with school districts nationally and internationally.