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Education Celebrations: Victoria principal to study at Harvard

By By Diane Boyett
June 22, 2014 at 1:22 a.m.


This week, we are celebrating the excellence of our school leaders.

F.W. Gross Principal Mary Noble has been accepted to the prestigious Harvard Leadership Institute and is spending a part of her summer in Massachusetts in training and workshops led by national and international experts in the fields of education and leadership. As part of the institute, she will have the opportunity to network with other campus leaders.

Noble was selected by the education advocacy organization Raise Your Hand Texas.

"We believe that empowering principals as stronger campus leaders improves teacher effectiveness and student outcomes," said David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas.

Since the institute's inception seven years ago, Raise Your Hand Texas has sponsored about 700 principals, including this year's principals, to attend Harvard. Raise Your Hand covers all expenses for those selected, including program fees, travel, hotel and other discretionary funding.

Noble is entering her third year as the principal at F.W. Gross. She has been a part of VISD for 17 years and in Texas public schools for a total of 19 years. Her acceptance into the program is a testament to her dedication to the children of our community and the future of education in Victoria ISD.

Our school leaders have also been recognized by their peers through professional organizations in recent months.

DeLeon Elementary Assistant Principal Kristin Hunt was named the Region III Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Hunt has been at DeLeon for four years as assistant principal and has been a part of VISD for 13 of her 17 years in education.

The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals recently honored Patti Welder Middle School Principal Richard Wright as the Principal of the Year for Region III, while Stroman Middle School Assistant Principal Raul Garza was honored by his peers as the Region III Assistant Principal of the Year by the same organization. Wright and Garza have been in VISD for two years but have more than two decades of service in Texas public schools.

Campus leaders wear many hats every day. They are the instructional leaders of the campus but also address student behavior, issues related to school and student safety and security, personnel and facility matters. They are out in the community and in homes meeting with parents.

The one phrase you will seldom hear coming from a principal is, "Now, I have seen it all." They know that every day will bring a new challenge and a new opportunity to achieve excellence.

We celebrate our campus leaders for their dedication and service attitude. They truly do help VISD reach that goal of meeting the needs of every child in every classroom every day.

Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Contact her at diane.boyett@visd.net.

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