11th Stars of education

Join us NEXT TIME in celebrating those who form the educational foundation of Wake County public schools.



October, 2024

Our Awards

Lifetime achievement

This highest honor is given to an individual who has dedicated their life to improving and creating an unmatched impact on public education. 


Friend of Education

This award is given to someone who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to public education and shares the personal qualities of the late Senator Vernon Malone. 



WCPSS Hall of fame

The Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame honors outstanding educators, alumni, and community leaders who through their lives have deeply impacted our community, city, state, or nation.

Community Stars

This NEW award is given to a star teacher and student who demonstrate exceptional dedication to their craft and aspirations, and in doing so elevate WCPSS. 


History of the Gala

Stars of Education is WakeEd Partnership’s annual awards gala dinner to celebrate and honor those who have made lasting contributions to public schools in Wake County. The event is WakeEd’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to support our mission and programs. At the gala each year WakeEd presents the Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award and inducts new members into the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame. WakeEd also presents its Robert E. Bridges Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gala on a semi-regular basis during years where an honoree is selected. 

Our Amazing 2023 Sponsors

Award Sponsors

Event Sponsors

WCPSS Hall of Fame Sponsors

Public School Champion Sponsors

Stars Among Us Sponsors

Leadership Recognition Sponsors

Honor Roll Sponsors

Mark Steward Team Real Estate

Caroline McCullen Family & Friends

Triangle Community Foundation

Carruthers Foundation

Wake Stone

Capitol Broadcasting Company


AJ Fletcher Foundation

Wake PTA Council

NC State College of Education

Pierce Group Benefits

Alfred & Williams Company 

Mary Mac and Tom Bradshaw

Media Partners | In-Kind sponsors

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