Gibson Principal Finalist for National Award | Education & Schools
Gibson Middle School Principal Linda Archambault has been named as one of three finalists for the 2012 MetLife / National Association of Secondary School Principals “National Middle School Principal of the Year” award.
The finalists for this award were selected for their significant contributions to student achievement. According to school district officials, Archambault faced many challenges when she became the school’s principal five years ago, as student test scores and staff morale had declined along with the physical condition of the school. Archambault started the school’s overhaul by establishing a committee of volunteers who worked to improve the condition of the school and the pride of staff and students in order to let them know that achievement was possible.
Archambault and her team then began to engage the parents of their students, many of whom did not speak English. Everything was examined to see how it could be changed to improve student achievement including relocating teachers, introducing new curriculum and implementing standard student attire.
For the first time since Congress approved Adequate Yearly Progress as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, the school met the government’s benchmarks during the 2009-10 school year.
With attendance and test scores up, the efforts have been noticed. By being selected as a finalist, Archambault will receive a $1,500 grant, which she will use to establish a mentoring program for at-risk students. If she wins the national award, she would receive an additional $3,500 grant. The presentation will take place at the national conference Sept. 21-24 in Washington D.C.
“I was pleasantly surprised and honored to represent all the great middle school principals in Nevada,” Archambault said. “Although we have made great progress, there is still much work to do, so I am looking forward to the new school year beginning in August.”