|Salem-Keizer leader named middle school principal of year|
Susan Rieke-Smith, Houck Middle School Principal since 2007, has been named the Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). This award automatically places Rieke-Smith in the running for the National Middle School Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and MetLife.
Under Rieke-Smith’s leadership, Houck Middle School has experienced significant improvement in student achievement, particularly among the 30 percent of students receiving ELL/limited-English proficiency services and the 85 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. The percentages of economically disadvantaged students rated as proficient or advanced on state assessments have increased in reading (53 percent in 2007-08 to 63 percent in 2009-10) and math (60 percent in 2007-08 to 73 percent in 2009-10). The percentages of ELL students rated as proficient or advanced on state assessments have increased in reading (37 percent in 2007-08 to 49 percent in 2009-10) and math (48 percent in 2007-08 to 64 percent in 2009-10).
“Sue is an exceptional instructional leader who supports high quality
learning for all students,” said Melissa Cole, Salem-Keizer’s Director
of Middle School Education. “She has fostered a culture of
collaboration where teachers engage in discussions focusing on improving
instruction. As a result of her collaborative leadership style, she
has equipped her staff with the skills to sustain school improvement.”
|This page was last updated on Monday, June 20, 2011 .|