11th Stars of education
Join us NEXT TIME in celebrating those who form the educational foundation of Wake County public schools.
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.
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
WCPSS Hall of Fame Sponsors
Public School Champion Sponsors
Stars Among Us Sponsors
Leadership Recognition Sponsors
Honor Roll Sponsors
Caroline McCullen Family & Friends
Triangle Community Foundation
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