Former Carver Elementary Principal Allison Baker was convicted earlier this month of the misdemeanor charge of assaulting a child under 12.
Wake District Court Jacqueline Brewer found her guilty after a trial. Baker received a 45-day suspended sentence and 12 months of unsupervised probation.
Baker is appealing the case to Wake Superior Court.
Baker had resigned June 1 after having been suspended by the school system for "negative interaction with a student."