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March 13, 2009

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Jana Caldwell
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 Brighton leader tapped as Colorado’s 2009 National Distinguished Principal of the Year




Kay Collins, principal of South Elementary School in the Brighton27JSchool District, is the 2009 Colorado National Distinguished Principal of the Year. The announcement was made by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), which coordinated the selection process.


South Elementary was named a “high growth” and “high performing” school in the 2008 School Accountability Reports. This accomplishment occurred despite the school’s large numbers of disadvantaged students, including those with limited English skills. In 2004, South Elementary was named a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, an award which recognizes student academic growth schoolwide.


The school’s motto: “South Elementary is the place I want to be!” reflects Collins’ focus on creating a positive climate for learning and social development of students. As a result, students and adults care about one another and operate by the “golden rule.”


Collins works continuously to create an instructional environment where all students learn. Performance data is used to improve instruction and to understand the needs of each student. Staff meet regularly to ensure students are progressing in their learning.


CASE and CAESP will present Collins with her award at a school district event this spring. She and other CASE award winners also will be recognized at the annual CASE convention this summer in Breckenridge.  As Colorado’s National Distinguished Principal, Collins will be honored, along with other state winners, in Washington, D.C. next fall.



Established in 1969, the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) is an organization of more than 2,000 school administrators committed to improving student achievement through promoting and building quality education leadership in all Colorado schools.


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