March 7, 2017 – Two West Ada School District administrators received recognition by the Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals for their unique contributions in educating both youth and peers. The awards will be given at the association’s annual meeting in August.
Eagle Hills Elementary School Principal Jason Leforgee received the 2017 Idaho Gem Award for Distinguished Service. After 22 years in education, Leforgee suggests all educators connect with their community so to see the bigger picture of their efforts in the classroom and achieve the desired results for every child.
“I enjoy the people and relationships the most. I work with and for some of the best people and children anywhere. While our mission is teaching and learning, without relationships our job would be so much harder. We work in a human industry and relationships are key,” Leforgee shared.
The 2017 Idaho Gem Award for Instructional Leadership went to Ponderosa Elementary School Principal Kathy Crowley. Nomination forms tout superior leadership, innovation and student performance as markers of an ideal candidate for this award.
“Instructional leadership includes the decisions I need to make to ensure a vibrant school community. It begins with articulating the mission and goals of the school, which are aligned to the needs of the boys and girls collectively as well as individually,” Crowley explained. “I try to make a positive difference in their lives by showing them the importance of education and learning new things, while also showing we care about them and their safety. They make every day a joy.”