Oak Crest honored as model school

Spirited teachers dance for the students at Oak Crest Elementary.

Teachers at Oak Crest Elementary may not have been turning somersaults or dancing in the streets Monday, but they were showing their spirit.

Oak Crest earned the Great Expectations Model School Award which was presented during the Rise and Shine assembly. Not only did Tiger Tunes perform with instruments and a kindergarten class raise the roof in song, but teachers danced for and through the crowd of children, complete with streamers and a pyramid at the finale.

Great Expectations is an educational movement designed to improve schools through focusing on good character and professional development for teachers. Model School status is awarded to schools that score at least 90 percent when they are evaluated by mentors from the program, based on 17 practices characterizing the Great Expectations philosophy. Model School is the highest rank awarded by the program. Schools in Great Expectations must re-apply every year to maintain their status.

“You have become stars in my eyes,” GE Instructional Coach Betty Sheofel said, adding that the best schools must have the best leaders.

As Sheofel presented Oak Crest Principal Heather Adams a Certificate of Recognition, she said to the teachers, “When the students look at you today, it’s like looking at a mirror. You have stepped up to be that leader who is challenged.”

President and CEO of Great Expectations Dr. Linda Dzialo said it is not easy to become a Great Expectations Model School. The teachers have been very diligent and dedicated.

“But when I first walked into the school this morning, I could feel the enthusiasm, not just in the teachers, but in the students. This is a very special school.”

In addition to the certificate, Oak Crest received a flag for the school’s flag pole which sets them apart as a GE Model School. The school will also be honored in the fall at a state celebration which will include others who have received the award.