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2021 Alaska Principal of the Year

The most important way I lead learning is by modeling balance. I prioritize building quality relationships with all my staff members and strive to inspire them to put their heart and soul into providing the best possible education within the school environment—while also encouraging them to participate in activities that rejuvenate their heart and soul outside of school. I have led countless professional learning communities to help my staff and principals across the state identify and employ practices that promote self-care, accountability, reflection, and growth to help people understand the importance of not only taking care of themselves, but also creating positive environments where people want to take care of each other. I model engagement and balance with my staff because I recognize that anything you can do as a principal to strengthen support systems will ultimately lead to increased teacher retention and student opportunities.