|Gresham-Barlow leader named elementary principal of the year|
Anita Harris, Principal of Hogan Cedars Elementary School in the Gresham Barlow School District, is Oregon’s 2007-08 National Distinguished Principal, which is emblematic of the state's Elementary Principal of the Year. Hogan Cedars is a Title I school with a diverse population of 550 students. She was selected to open the school in 2001, and has been a principal for 10 years.
Harris has been principal at two elementary schools in the district: East Orient and Hogan Cedars—and both schools have received an Exceptional School rating from the Oregon Department of Education. Hogan Cedars also received an Exceptional Reading Award from the International Reading Association in 2002.
Harris's philosophy is that she “leads as a servant, and serves as a leader.” She fosters teacher leadership, values active collaboration, teamwork, shared responsibility, data driven goal setting, and continuing staff development for teachers and paraprofessionals. She also works hard to build community through their many programs: Title One Family Nights, Latino Nights, Stories Under The Stars, Family Harvest Festival, Spring Sock Hop, Dads and Donuts, Moms and Muffins, Family Science Night, musical concerts, and other events to promote the school’s identity and connection with families.
Jim Schlachter, Director of Education for the district, states: “She exemplifies excellence and has a record of success that is outstanding.”
The award is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, in cooperation with the US Department of Education and in corporate partnership with AIG VALIC.
|This page was last updated on Thursday, May 08, 2008 .|