Principal of the Year awarded to Finch Elementary | News
Finch Elementary Principal Kim Harmon has been named the 2013 Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year. The surprise announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Finch on the on the old Westview campus.
“She is truly an educational leader for all of us,” Cooper Principal Rona Williams wrote about Harmon in her nomination. “Her commitment to her staff and students is second to none.”
Those who nominated her describe Harmon as innovative and well respected. Williams specifically cited Harmon's development of spreadsheets for data analysis and her efforts to increase parent involvement. One resounding theme in nominations is how Harmon has handled the transition as Finch moved to Westview and Woodridge during the school's renovation.
“Kim and her staff have had the dual focus of student achievement and preparation for moving out of her school to prepare for renovation,” wrote Adams Principal Brian Melody. “This experience has shown, once again, Kim's ability to stretch her own capacity as well as those who she leads as she navigates the complexity of this unique experience for students, staff and families. Parents trust Mrs. Harmon to take care of their children.”
The Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year Award is named for Dick Stannard who died of bone cancer in 1996. Stannard was the principal at Audubon Elementary for eight years and was know for his compassion and playful nature.