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Michelle DuBose Adams Described as a high energy educator, “like a wonder woman in a pant suit,” Principal Adams has led the transformation of Eichold-Mertz into a high-performing elementary magnet school of choice over the past twelve years. As an instructional leader, Principal Adams is intentional, specific, and targeted to the ever-changing needs of students, faculty, and the… Continue Reading Michelle DuBose Adams, Eichold-Mertz Magnet School of Math, Science & Technology Mobile, AL

Lily Albright Principal Lily Albright was not new to the school district when she was recruited to lead Unionville Elementary as principal in 2014. After serving in the district as a teacher, assistant principal, and then principal at another school, she jumped at the opportunity to take everything she had learned from her prior experiences and apply… Continue Reading Lily Albright, Unionville Elementary School Unionville, IN

George Petersen Every morning, Liberty Elementary students start their day with an enthusiastic “Good morning Skyeeehawks!” from Principal George Petersen on K-SKY News. From the tireless hours over the summer of reading research, to his creative approaches in motivating his staff, to his vulnerability in teaching lessons alongside his teachers, Principal Petersen is the consummate educator. A… Continue Reading George Petersen, Liberty Elementary School Fresno, CA

Daniel Crispino Three years ago, Mr. Daniel Crispino assumed a major leadership role in transforming John Barry Elementary from a designation of “failing” to receiving the National Blue Ribbon School recognition in 2019. Principal Crispino played a pivotal role in moving one of the lowest performing schools in the district to one of the highest performing schools.… Continue Reading Daniel Crispino, Principal John Barry Elementary School Meriden, CT

Alisa Bender Growing up in Hawaii, Alisa Bender always hoped to be a strong leader and to inspire leadership in others. After an early career in journalism, she switched to education, becoming a Special Education teacher, English Language Arts co-teacher, Vice Principal and eventually, Principal. Throughout Principal Bender’s administrative career, she cultivated a leadership style that is… Continue Reading Alisa Bender, Principal Lt Col Horrace Meek Hickam Elementary School Honolulu, HI

Lusher Charter School In New Orleans, Louisiana, Lusher Charter School serves students in grades K-12 by integrating the arts across all grade levels and disciplines. As the school’s CEO puts it, “Lusher is a school where a student can come and thrive regardless of the level of their talents. We’ll use the arts when we’re happy, when we’re… Continue Reading Building Culture and Enriching Learning through Art

2018 Pre Ceremony 2018 National Teacher of the Year to Deliver Ceremony Keynote Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning will deliver the NBRS keynote address at 3:30 on Wednesday, November 7th.   Ms. Manning will speak on Building Community: Compassion, Connection, and Commitment. Ms. Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center… Continue Reading 2018 Pre Ceremony

2018 NBRS Ceremony Collage The 2018 Annual National Blue Ribbon School Ceremony on November 7th and 8th in Washington, D.C. brought more than 900 educators together to recognize 349 public and private schools receiving the award. Aba Kumi, Director of the NBRS program, presided over the celebratory ceremony and presented the plaques and flags to schools. Congratulatory remarks were… Continue Reading 2018 Awards Ceremony

2018 Terrel H. Bell Awardees Honored for Outstanding School Leadership The 2018 Terrel H. Bell awardees for outstanding leadership have been named. They are joined this year by a special Lifetime Leadership awardee. The eleven National Blue Ribbon School principals will be recognized on November 7th during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Read about each awardee below: 2018 Terrel H.… Continue Reading 2018 Terrel H. Bell Awardees Honored for Outstanding School Leadership

Kathleen Hurstell Riedlinger Kathleen Hurstell Riedlinger has spent her professional career as a leading voice for urban arts education in New Orleans public schools. In 1981, when Kathy Riedlinger became principal of Lusher Elementary School, the K-6 school served 525 students in an uptown New Orleans neighborhood. The school’s test scores ranked 12th in the district, students from… Continue Reading Special Lifetime Leadership Awardee Kathleen Hurstell Riedlinger, CEO Lusher Charter School – New Orleans, LA

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