January 19, 2021
Douglas Price Joins WakeEd Partnership as Director of Programs
RALEIGH, N.C. — WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed to supporting teachers and students in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), announced today that Douglas Price has joined the organization as its new Director of Programs. An award-winning educator, Price was the 2019 North Carolina Burroughs Wellcome Fund Charter School Teacher of the Year.
“A true teacher leader, Douglas has been recognized as one of our state’s finest educators and we’re thrilled to have him join our team,” said WakeEd Partnership President Keith Poston. “I know from working with Douglas he will bring unparalleled passion and creativity to this role and help us grow our program offerings to support teachers and students in Wake County.”
Douglas brings more than 12 years of classroom experience to the role in both traditional and charter schools, as well as numerous fellowship and internship experiences in the educational sector. His breadth of knowledge extends beyond the pedagogy of the classroom and extends into programming and development, curricula design, and educational policy and research. Prior to arriving at WakeEd Partnership, Douglas spent 10 years at Voyager Academy Middle School in Durham where he served as the lead classroom teacher of Core Connections, a specially designed Project-Based Learning classroom, which Douglas helped to design and develop with his team.
“I am most excited in engaging with my home district of Wake County Public Schools to renew and revitalize the energy that surrounds our students,” said Price. “WakeEd has a long-standing history in this district of creating dynamic partnerships with teachers, principals, and businesses, all for the sake of student success.”
While at Voyager Academy, Douglas was selected into several prestigious statewide and national fellowships, including serving with Hope Street Group (2016-2019), Kenan Fellows Program (2015-2016), and the Education Policy Forum Program (2015-2016). His work has been recognized by several leading educational organizations for its ingenuity, design, and development, including Teach to Lead Summit hosted by ASCD and United States Department of Education, and the Watson School of Education at UNC-W, and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education through the Office of Governor Roy Cooper.
“I am particularly excited at this time to work in tandem with our district’s excellent leaders in combating and recovering from the COVID-19 crisis,” Price said. “Public education is paramount to our society’s well-being, and this crisis has emphasized its important role.”
“Teachers wear many hats and have a great level of expertise to bring to conversations, such as educational policy, curriculum engagement, and research and development,” Price added. “I look forward to partnering with teachers across the district to help lead them on their own personal journey to finding their voice, knowing their value, and advocating for their students and this remarkable profession during this time of unprecedented challenges.”
Douglas has previously served in Wake County Public Schools as a classroom teacher and is also a proud student alumnus of Wake County where he graduated from the esteemed William G. Enloe High School. He was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his master’s from North Carolina State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Educational Leadership.
Douglas lives with his high school sweetheart and wife, Susan, and two daughters. His family is a strong advocate for and are currently serving in the role of foster family for North Carolina.
About WakeEd Partnership
WakeEd Partnership is an independent, nonprofit organization composed of business and community leaders committed to improving public education. Since 1983, the Partnership has advocated for excellent educational opportunities for all students in the Wake County Public School System. For more information, please visit www.WakeEd.org.