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The Assistant Principal of the Year award recognizes outstanding assistant principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to their schools and communities.

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists!

Tabitha BrownTabitha L. Brown
Phillis Wheatley Elementary

Drive and determination, those are the words used to describe the work of Tabitha Brown. At Wheatley Elementary, she has been instrumental in leading the work that has assisted classroom teachers with their instructional delivery and effective planning. She strategically uses her relationship building skillset to establish and maintain high levels of trust with students, parents and staff. Ms. Brown is one of the most active employees on campus leading data meetings with teachers and students to help close the achievement gap.

Autherene Opal LeighvardAutherene Opal Leighvard
Pinewood Elementary

Supporting social-emotional health and safety along with academic success are Autherene Leighvard’s top priorities. For 18 years with OCPS, she has provided positivity and enthusiasm with a can-do attitude. This past year, she was not only instrumental in implementing the safety procedures on campus, but she introduced the kindness challenge which ignited excitement and enthusiasm. Throughout the pandemic, she continued to reinforce the vision and rationale for the hard work of teachers and often engaged staff to create a shared vision approach. The entire experience helped develop strong school-wide routines and procedures which led to a positive classroom culture across the campus.

kenya Nelson-WarrenKenya Nelson-Warren
Evans High

To meet the needs of her school, Kenya Nelson-Warren says she works hard to remain versatile and flexible. She knows the value of effective communication and ensures it is maintained, especially during initiatives, assessments and expectations. Her principal describes her as a servant leader who represents the very best in leadership within the district. She finds creative solutions and inspires others to reach their full potential. She is the principal designee, when needed, and is trusted for her decision-making skills and collaborative abilities. She has a proven track record for increasing student achievement with a fierce determination in ensuring rich instruction and student support.

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