Celebrate the Stars of Education in Wake County

October 22, 2020


Stars of Education

Stars of Education is an annual awards gala to celebrate and honor those who form the backbone of a strong public education system in Wake County. The Wake County Public School System is North Carolina’s largest school district, with more than 161,000 students, 191 schools, and more than 10,000 teachers. 

Stars of Education is WakeEd Partnership’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to support our mission and program of work each day. In the last three years, WakeEd’s award-winning programs have directly served teachers and students in 85% of Wake County Public Schools. 

This year, we are proud to present the prestigious Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award to Jill Staton Bullard, co-founder of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Jill has been an champion for ending hunger in Raleigh and in surrounding counties for more than 27 years. Founded in 1989, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle saves 5.5 million pounds of healthy food from being thrown away and re-routes it to people in need.

During our virtual Stars of Education gala, six outstanding Wake County educators, alumni, and community leaders will be inducted into the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame. Each member of the Class of 2020 has has deeply impacted public education or the quality of life in North Carolina through the Arts, Athletics, Business, Community Service, Education or Entrepreneurship. 

Stars of Education also celebrates Wake County’s exceptional teacher leaders, who continue to go above and beyond for their students. During our virtual gala, guests will have the opportunity to send a special ‘thank you’ to their favorite Star of Education.



Missed the live event? No problem! Catch up on all the excitement by watching our 2020 Stars of Education virtual gala right here!

Then explore this page to see extended interviews with our honorees!

Stars of Education


Biographies & Extended Interviews



Presenting Sponsor

Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award Sponsor

Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame Sponsors

Public School Champions

Brasfield & Gorrie

Duke Energy

Lenovo & Intel



Honor Roll

Alfred Williams & Company

Atlantic Union Bank

CBC/WRAL Community Fund of Triangle Community Foundation

NC Education Lottery

NC State University College of Education

Paradox Consulting Partners

Pierce Group Benefits

SteelFab, Inc.

The CW22

York Properties/McDonald York Building Company

Booster Club

Jill Staton Bullard

Maria Cervania

Cris & Mike Charbonneau

Donna Newman Day

Elizabeth Droessler

Hardin Engelhardt & Ron Wilder

The Flood Group

Gary Greene

Sharon Gupton

William Hooker

Carey Hunter

Stephanie Jensen

Jean Lojko

Babs Nichols

Carol Parker

Diane Payne


Louis Payne

Sandy Roberts

Leslie and Vann Taylor

Kathryn Toma

Marco Zarate

In Kind Sponsors

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