Col. Tommy Macon was honored for his work within the Sampson County Schools District, but he also shares the credit with those around him.
Macon, assistant superintendent for academic and student services, was recently named the Administrator of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals (NCAEOP).
“I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to all the paraprofessionals, teachers, administrators, and leaders that work at the Central Office and that I have had the tremendous privilege of working with,” Macon said. “The best thing to me is to feel the appreciation of the professionals that you work with while you are still in the job — it makes the blessing of this award even greater.”
He was selected for the honor out of all the administrators across the state.
“I continuously hold the NCAEOP in the highest admiration and commend this organization for recognizing administrators,” Macon said about the state level recognition. “The time and effort that the NCAEO puts into recognizing administrators annually is indicative of the passion and professionalism displayed daily by these professionals on the job day in and day out.”
Last year, Macon was selected as the District 13 Administrator of the Year for NCAEOP. Other areas in the district include Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties.
The local administrator grew up in Louisburg and after high school, Macon earned a degree in industrial arts from Appalachian State University (ASU) and was active with JROTC. After serving with the U.S. Army Aviation Branch for more than two decades, Macon started another journey through education.
In addition to his military and ASU education, he earned a masters’ degree from Michigan State and East Carolina University. Following his service for the school system in Greene County, Macon came Sampson County Schools and was a principal at Hobbton High School before taking on director of secondary and assistant superintendent positions.
After spending 18 years in the field of education, Macon looks at the award as a wonderful accolade to achieve at the pinnacle of his career.
“I have always felt that being in the education profession is an opportunity to positively affect young lives …,” he said.
For Macon, that also includes experiencing the joy and satisfaction of how many grow up to help improve their community and make the world a better place to live.
“Participating and watching the growth of Sampson County Schools is particularly exciting,” he said. “I see so many leaders working together to provide an excellent education to the students of this community and in many cases making personal sacrifices to ensure every child is afforded an enrich and challenging educational opportunity.”
To sum up the opportunity and recognition, Macon placed it perspective by quoting words from Isaac Newton — “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
“This is exactly how I feel about my colleagues in education,” Macon said. “People in education are truly giants of the world.”
Dr. Eric Bracy, superintendence of Sampson County Schools, said it was a well deserved award for Macon.
“He’s a wonderful person to work with each and every day,” Bracy said. “He’s someone I love to talk shop with and bounce ideas off. He represents us very well and we’re lucky to have him.”
When Macon is away from his administrative office, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his families and friends. He’s married to Gloria and together they have two children, Gabrielle and Tamarie.