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Muriel Summers

Educational Leadership Consultant, Educator, and Speaker

Muriel Summers

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Muriel Summers works with other educators and school administrators, helping them understand, apply, and teach leadership principles in their classrooms and schools.

As principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School, Muriel Summers and her staff created the first leadership elementary school in the nation using FranklinCovey's 7 Habits program as a foundation. A.B. Combs is a diverse elementary school, boasting children from 64 countries. By recognizing that each student possesses unique gifts and talents, and building on students' strengths rather than their weaknesses, Muriel and the other faculty guide students at A.B. Combs to continually achieve high levels of academic performance year after year.

Muriel's school has been featured on several national television programs including PBS, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A.B. Combs is also featured in Dr. Stephen Covey's books The 8th Habit and The Leader in Me. During her tenure at A.B. Combs, Muriel has earned numerous awards for her school, including the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the Number One National Magnet School in America, the National Title 1 Distinguished School, the National Elementary School of the Year, the North Carolina Honor School of Excellence, the North Carolina Governor's Entrepreneurial Award, and the National School of Character Award.

Muriel started her career in the field of education 33 years ago. During that time she has served as a classroom teacher, demonstration teacher, instructional resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She has received numerous awards in the field of education from Teacher of the Year to Principal of the Year. In 2009, she was named as one of the North Carolina Women to Watch. Muriel presents at national, state, and local conferences and consults with school districts nationally and internationally. Most recently her influence has been felt in Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Thailand, Denmark, Puerto Rico, and India.


  • National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
  • National Magnet School of Excellence
  • North Carolina's Governor's Entrepreneurial Award
  • National Elementary School of the Year
  • National School of Character Award

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