October is National Principals Month, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. KnowledgeWorks is profiling some principals from some of their subsidiary schools and one of those profiled is Leslie Kelly.
Leslie is the founding principal of eSTEM Academy at Reynoldsburg High School, a KnowledgeWorks partner school. She currently serves as the principal at Walnut Springs Middle School in Westerville, Ohio.
In her interview for World of Learning, Kelly talked about her relationship with KnowledgeWorks while designing, developing and implementing eSTEM Academy. “For the two years prior to opening eSTEM, we worked hand in hand with KnowledgeWorks as we created our program from scratch,” She said. “As a professional it was the most meaningful experience I have had to date. It was amazing to see the staff come together to create curriculum, portrait of a graduate, grading practices, student challenges, etc. that they all equally owned.”
Kelly worked closely with KnowledgeWorks’ National Director of Coaching Strategy Robin Kanaan. About their working together Kelly said. “Robin Kanaan said to me often, trust the process.’ She was right. KnowledgeWorks helped our students by guiding us through the … implementation of a program that resulted in our students achieving the highest performance index in Reynoldsburg City School’s history and a parent survey that also had extraordinarily high marks.”
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