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National Distinguished Principals

National Distinguished Principals. 2008. “I set high standards and tell my teachers that I expect very little of them- they only need to do whatever it takes to make Rockwell Elementary School the best school in our school system.”. Robert D. Owen Alabama.

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National Distinguished Principals

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  1. National Distinguished Principals 2008

  2. “I set high standards and tell my teachers that I expect very little of them- they only need to do whatever it takes to make Rockwell Elementary School the best school in our school system.” Robert D. Owen Alabama

  3. “We are discovering that the time and effort that have gone into restructuring our school has resulted in a continuous climb in student achievement.” Barbara Pile Alaska

  4. “I also believe in ‘data of the heart,’ which could include ‘a student’s smiling face, tear-streaked cheeks, brand new shoes, skinned knee, or forgotten lunch money. All types of data are needed to positively impact student achievement’.” Lee K. Nelson Arizona

  5. “Each educator in our building has the responsibility to be the best instructional leader possible, and it’s my job to provide them with the staff development, resources, and support.” Sherrie D. Bayles Arkansas (E)

  6. “As a classroom walk-through trainer, I participate in reflective dialogues with teachers as I visit every classroom every week.” Michelle Owens Hayward Arkansas (M)

  7. “We make decisions together and all share a common goal in serving students. This includes a successful behavior management program that each month recognizes students for displaying good character.” Richard S. Judd California

  8. “When a school has many diverse programs and populations, including English-language learners, struggling readers, and special education students, it is essential to work together to support all learners.” Holly M. Hultgren Colorado

  9. “There is a clear commitment to develop in every child respect for and appreciation of others, a positive attitude toward learning, academic skills, reflective thinking, and coping skills.” Norma M. Fisher-Doiron Connecticut

  10. “My job is to ensure increased rigor and fidelity to the curriculum as our educational standards need to keep pace with worldwide change.” Richelle F. Talbert Delaware

  11. “Parents enjoy a high place of distinction in the Noyes school community.” Wayne Ryan District of Columbia

  12. “Today, we have a true community school with a staff that always puts children’s needs at the forefront.” Jean Preston Miller Georgia

  13. “Instead of seeing the shortcomings of the students, the focus became, ‘How do we help our students succeed?’” Ruth L. Silberstein Hawaii

  14. “Our school’s roadmap for success is not based on a hope and a dream, but rather on a systematic plan of action.” Deborah K. Long Idaho

  15. “The teachers’ greater involvement in school leadership has improved their job satisfaction and the school climate.” William C. Barney Illinois

  16. “We have transformed into a true professional learning community with a shared vision, goals, and communication for the benefit of our children.” Glenda Sue Reis Indiana

  17. “I have faced numerous challenges, but the academic achievements and pride of our dual-language students have made all my efforts worthwhile.” Nancy Hayes Gardner Iowa

  18. “Fortunately, I was blessed with an amazing staff. We jumped into school improvements with everything we had. Everyone was involved.” Sandy K. Almos Kansas

  19. “A school could have all the materials and fiscal support in the world, but without qualified personnel to implement the program, students would not succeed.” Jo Price Craven Kentucky

  20. “I am honored to be an advocate for the importance of an administrator’s role to ensure that every child has a quality teacher and meaningful learning opportunities.” Nancy D. Rials Louisiana

  21. “My philosophy is don’t take yourself too seriously and always use common sense when dealing with all avenues of education and life in general.” Gary P. Oswald Maine

  22. “I firmly believe that character should be a top priority in a school’s purpose. If my staff and students aren’t feeling and showing respect, the school cannot reach the highest level of success.” Carol L. Leveillee Maryland

  23. “I never lose sight of my primary responsibility and the job title ‘principal teacher’ because I am first and foremost a teacher.” Leslie J. Clark-Yvon Massachusetts

  24. “Our school atmosphere provides an environment of collaboration, community, and commitment to learning.” Stephen A. Anderson Michigan

  25. “Providing us with an opportunity to reflect on the best practices used in our teaching was a cooperative effort of our staff, parents, and community.” Gail M. Swor Minnesota

  26. “If I am helping to make a child’s life better, then it is worth every minute of my time.” Lisa B. Lucius Mississippi

  27. “Taking a systems approach to professional development, I initiated building-wide training that includes writing workshops, behavior intervention teams, and strategies for closing achievement gaps among different student populations.” Donna L. Jahnke Missouri

  28. “Students must be handled with care and polished with praise.” James H. O’Neill Montana

  29. “Engaging with our diverse community to address issues of social justice is, to me, the essence of my life’s work.” Jerry A. Bergstrom Nebraska

  30. “I led a team comprising of teachers, other staff members, parents, and the school’s new business partner to create what I call ‘a neighborhood school for all in the community to take responsibility for and pride in.’” Lisa H. Primas Nevada

  31. “I have found that being respectful and a good listener is imperative to the overall success of our new school community.” Daniel J. LaFleur New Hampshire (E)

  32. “The citizens of Ashland face many difficult socioeconomic challenges. Yet, the parents and community members continue to value education and support the school.” William J. Tirone New Hampshire (M)

  33. “I promote the philosophy of teaching to the standards and not to the test...in order to close the achievement gap.” Effie S. Jenkins-Smith New Jersey

  34. “I like to point out how good coaches (principals) use data to create winning strategies and make necessary adjustments to be victorious.” Raul C. Sanchez New Mexico

  35. “Student learning data are used effectively, consistently, and objectively to drive instruction. This is how we continue to reshape our programming to meet the needs of all students.” Thomas P. Komp New York (E)

  36. “The trick is to take care of managerial responsibilities as invisibly as possible. What the principal should be seen doing is leading the school on its continuous journey toward instructional improvement.” Jeffrey S. Craig New York (M)

  37. “I can boast of having one of the top teacher retention rates in the county; a distinction I have achieved by addressing their individual needs, providing opportunities for their professional growth, and advertising their strengths so that they can assist others in areas of need.” Lori D. Howard North Carolina

  38. “Once children feel safe and important, then the important task of educating them to their fullest potential can begin.” David M. Hanson North Dakota

  39. “We are teaching our students the importance of democratic participation, that problem-based learning is an effective way to reach goals, and that it does make a positive difference.” M. Beth Johnson-Christoff Ohio

  40. “Recognizing a need for change, I have adopted an approach of working closely with staff members and families to help each child be successful not only for today, but for a lifetime.” Sandra L. Kent Oklahoma

  41. “My planning team and I set five priorities that continue to guide the work of this suburban K-5 school: having a shared vision for student success; having teachers act as leaders; having parents act as partners; having a school climate that promotes learning; and having a coherent, effectively delivered curriculum.” Anita M. Harris Oregon

  42. “I credit efforts that have helped transform the school culture from one of anger and blame to one of celebration and understanding.” Patrick M. Graczyk Pennsylvania

  43. “I paved the way for shared responsibility and the creation of what I call ‘a collaboration between all community stakeholders’, to create equal educational opportunities for all students, to encourage the development of an innovative and responsive school environment, and to reverse the myth that the public school in our community could not be considered a choice.” Michael A. Lazzareschi Rhode Island

  44. “We have a productive work environment where students are encouraged to believe and achieve, and staff members are supported in their professional development.” Michelle A. Wilson South Carolina (E)

  45. “Good enough isn’t! I don’t want to be satisfied…I want to be amazed! Nancy L. Turner South Carolina (M)

  46. “Empowering teachers to take leadership positions within the staff has helped build a culture of ownership and responsibility for the success of all our children.” Norman C. Graham South Dakota

  47. “I continue to focus my energy on cultivating a school climate that supports optimal teaching and learning, while maintaining a commitment to modeling enthusiasm and hard work to reach student achievement goals.” Barbara Corso Ide Tennessee (M)

  48. “As the instructional leader, I consciously have been instrumental in supporting others to form effective teams who are self-directed learners and deliver quality instruction.” Michelle M. Aube-Barton Texas

  49. “It is important to me that I meet the needs of my teachers so that they can focus on meeting the needs of their students.” Helene H. Van Natter Utah

  50. “Fair Haven Grade School has become a vibrant center of the rural community. In fact, the school has developed such a strong reputation for its welcoming and student-centered environment that it attracts families to settle in the area.” Wayne T. Cooke Vermont (E)

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