Two awards for educational prowess were announced recently.
The Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals selected Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School Principal Donna Boles as its adminstrator of the year.
Richmond Elementary School made it an even dozen when it received model school designation last week from the Great Expectations program.
Great Expectations is a professional development program that provides teachers and administrators with the skills needed to create harmony and excitement within the school atmosphere.
Boles has been P-T Intermediate School principal for six years. Previously, she taught art and sixth grade. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in math from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She earned a master’s degree in public school administration from Northeastern State University.
Boles said she enjoys working with children and wanted a job in which she could positively impact children and their families.
“I’m honored to be recognized, but I don’t believe it is just about me,” Boles said. “It’s more about the amazing community, students, parents, staff and fellow administrators.”
At Richmond Elementary, the model school announcement was made during an assembly for the third-through fifth-graders. Model school is the highest level of excellence awarded by Great Expectations. To qualify as a model school, at least 90 percent of the teachers need to be trained and implementing Great Expectation’s principals, which includes students and teachers speaking in complete sentences and address one another by name.
“I’m just so proud of this staff and students. It’s ingrained in this school to make sure kids stay positive. You can really see the relationships being built between teacher and student, previous Richmond principal Gay Washington said.
Washington brought the Great Expectations program to Richmond. She is assistant superintendent of educational services for the school district.
The recognition in the Perkins-Tryon and Stillwater school districts is a sign that common education is well in Payne County.