Ms. Crystal England, principal of Cowherd Middle School in Aurora, has been named the “2017 Illinois Middle School Principal of the Year” by the Illinois Principals Association.
The award is presented from sponsor Horace Mann and Illinois Principals Association (IPA), who recognizes middle school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community.
“Like all administrators, I wear many hats,” said England. “My passion as an educator has always been to work with students who face challenges.”
"Our students are often disenfranchised and marginalized, and the joy I have in coming to work each day is knowing that in our work as a school, we make a positive impact on our students and our community.”
The Middle School Principal of the Year winner was selected from a pool of region nominees provided by the 21 regions of the Illinois Principals Association.
In naming England with the award, IPA recognizes her as a principal who:
• Demonstrates a positive impact on education and advocacy for children;
• Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale;
• Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change;
• Willing to take risks to improve student learning;
• Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school;
• Works collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve the educational program and student achievement;
• Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them; and
• Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students.
Ms. England will be recognized at the IPA’s annual Education Leaders Fall Conference in October, and will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization serving over 5,200 educational leaders throughout Illinois.