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Principal Emily Bivins Biography

I am Emily Bivins, currently principal of Carrboro Elementary and soon to be principal of FPG’s magnet school. 

I have been a Kindergarten and first grade teacher, the director of elementary instruction and staff development, an assistant principal and principal. My academic career includes Wake Forest University, Elon University and UNC-Chapel Hill. I am married to Matthew and we have three children, Peyton, Ellie and William, all of whom attend Carrboro Elementary School. I enjoy all outdoor activities, reading and swimming. My love is children- watching them grow and learn.

I became passionate about bilingual education when I came to Carrboro Elementary seven years ago and started curriculum development with dual language teachers. I recognize what an asset bilingualism is in our community and world.  

I believe all children should develop cross cultural competence, and full integration and use of another language is critical in our world and a natural way to develop cross cultural competence.  Dual language education has benefits for all learners, but it is the only strategy for ESL students that is effective in closing the achievement gap by more than 50%. Thus, a full dual language school provides opportunity for more of our ESL students to participate and benefit from this wonderful approach to education that preserves language and culture.

Family and community partnership are also critically important in the success of our students.  During my time at Carrboro Elementary, we have had a successful parent outreach program with contiguous parent education courses, collaboration with community agencies and an active home visitation program.  Collaboration with our local universities has also supported our students with tutoring, mentoring and cultural enrichment, in addition to professional development for our teachers and advancing the research of best practices in education.