For the past 14 months, 30 people in the school system have been participating in training that focuses on creating an environment in each school that supports student achievement. Working with the National Institute for School Leadership has been a transformative experience, participants say.
“It’s been a life-changing thing, and I am so honored to be a part of it,” said Donald Hampton, the principal at Smith Farm Elementary School. “I feel changed…I am looking forward to this school year like no other school year.”
“I have gained so much insight on educational leadership,” said Joanell Gatling, the assistant principal at Middle Fork Elementary School. “I want to be able to empower people. I want to be able to engage people. I want to create a structure that helps students achieve.”