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As part of National Principals Month, CASE is pleased to highlight a few of our outstanding principal members. As studies show, principal leadership is second only to strong instruction when it comes to impacting student achievement, so please join us this month in recognizing the hard work and dedication of principal-leaders from across the state. To learn more about National Principals Month, click here. As you're celebrating this month, remember to #ThankAPrincipal!


#ThankAPrincipal - Hayden Camp


Hayden Camp is a current director on the board of the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals and serves as the NAESP Federal Relations Coordinator for that board. He also currently serves the community of Werner Elementary in Poudre School District as their principal. Thank you, Hayden, for all that you do!  Join us in celebrating this incredible principal leader! #ThankAPrincipal


How long have you served in your current position, and how long have you worked in education?
I have been the principal of Werner Elementary for 10 years now. Before that, I taught 4-6th grade for 12 years.


How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?
That’s a great question. I try to encourage creative thinking by allowing teachers and staff to take risks on new practices that are promising and helpful to students. By allowing risk taking, we can see what works and what might not.


What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
I believe serving with humility is an important characteristic for leading in a field. We need to model this for those we lead and I believe it builds respect and trust in the end.


What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

Trying to minimize the noise and all the competing interests and distractions for our teachers to focus on what is most important, which is building strong, positive relationships and teaching to rigorous standards.


What is your proudest moment or accomplishment as a school leader?
When our school received the US Dept. of Ed. National Blue Ribbon award, I was so proud of the accomplishment of our community and the recognition of their great work.


What do you know now that you wish you knew at the start of your career?

 I think I became a better educator when I became a parent. When you get that perspective, it just helps me see the bigger picture better.


What do you see for the future of Colorado public education given the promising work and initiatives now underway?
I see some really good work with these new standards and a move towards 21 century skills. I just hope that those making decisions on the state and national scene understand how hard educators continue to work with students and parents to make a difference. I am hopeful we can move back to some balance on initiatives and the work so that our teachers and students are not impacted in a negative way.

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