Mrs. McDonald is Principal of the Year
Northview Leader Wins Statewide Honor
Sara McDonald, principal of Northview Elementary School in Peru, has been named the 2015-16 Illinois Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association. She was selected from a pool of nominees provided by 21 regions throughout the state. She will be recognized at the IPA’s fall conference in October and will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Mrs. McDonald also has the opportunity to participate in the National Association for Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principal of the Year award and event in Washington D.C.
Mrs. McDonald sets high expectations for herself and her staff and has a deep commitment to serving students. She has continued her education with training on the Kindergarten Developmental Survey (KIDS), Comprehensive Literacy Model (CLM), and the Danielson Model on Teacher Evaluations. Mrs. McDonald also serves in several other capacities and writes a number of grants for Peru Elementary School District 124.
“We could not be any more proud of Sara. She works tirelessly and is an integral part of our leadership team. Her hard work has been a huge part of the improvements of our school district in recent years, and it is part of what makes our district special. She is the consummate instructional leader and is very passionate about making positive things happen for our students,” said Mark Cross, Superintendent of Peru Elementary School District 124.
“Elementary school principals serve students at a critical juncture of their learning and development. Sara is to be commended for her leadership and efforts to do what is best for her students and staff,” said Jason Leahy, Executive Director of IPA, an organization that represents almost 5,000 public and private school principals and educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois.
Mrs. McDonald exemplified all of the criteria for the honor, including making a positive impact on education and providing advocacy for children, taking risks to improve student learning, demonstrating creativity in bringing about positive change and working collaboratively with faculty and staff to improve the educational program and student achievement.
“I am very humbled and honored to be recognized in this manner.” said Sara McDonald. “I take pride in the ability to stay educated as more and more changes are brought to us as educational leaders. I feel that I keep my teachers up-to-date on these changes and am always trying to model a positive attitude in a very demanding educational environment.”