Thompson, Alston Recognized for Service to Federal Educational Program

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Superintendent Julie Thompson and Weldon City Schools Federal Program Director Terry Alston were both recognized Tuesday morning in Washington by the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators along with Joe Bullis, Executive Director of Federal Programs and Professional Education and Technical for Wilkes County Schools.

The three were honored for their commitment to serving NAFEPA, North Carolina educational programs and children.

Thompson is the current president-elect of the organization and served as a member of the Northeast Region Board of Directors from 2018-2021.

Most recently, she has facilitated regional meetings for federal program directors and finance officers, presented with her district team on equity, and with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on compliance and state oversight at conferences, assisted colleagues in other districts, and co-planned state conferences.

Alston served as Director of Federal Programs for Weldon City Schools for 18 years and is an active member of the North Carolina Association of Compensatory Educators and NAFEPA. Her accomplishments include being president, vice-president, board of directors, regional representative and member of the conference committee.

Bullis is in his 28th year in public education where he has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. He spent 16 years as Director of Federal Programs.

“It is an honor to be recognized by NAFEPA for the work we do every day in our schools. I think I can speak for the three of us who got recognized today,” Thompson said. “We pride ourselves on maximizing the return on investment of the federal funds allocated to us. This requires strong leadership, oversight and constant management from our finance department and central services staff.

NAFEPA is a support organization for educators who work with federally funded programs in their local school districts and in their states.

The non-profit organization has been around since 1974 and currently has over 3,000 members across the country.

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