It’s not easy to hide something from a school’s Principal, however, the staff at Indian Woods Elementary found a way to make it happen. Principal Kathy Kish was told the school was hosting an assembly to celebrate March Reading Month. It wasn’t completely a lie. The surprise, though? Principal Kish received notice that she was one of five National Grand Prize Finalists for the LifeChanger of the Year award.
Principal Kish was nominated by Port Huron Schools Executive Director of Employee and Student Services, Tracie Eschenburg. All educators across the country are eligible for nomination as LifeChanger of the Year. Eschenburg says she nominated Principal Kish for routinely going above and beyond. Some examples of this include her positive handling of last year’s closing of Kimball Elementary School, interacting with her students year-round with events, and taking one-on-one interest with students and their families.
As one of the five National Grand Prize Finalists, she’s been awarded $5,000, which is split $2,500 for her and $2,500 for Indian Woods Elementary. The Grand Prize winner will be announced in April with that individual receiving an additional $5,000 to split with their school.
Principal Kish hopes to use her prize money to help her teachers with some of their wants and needs that were previously not in the budget for this year. When asked about her feelings about the award, Principal Kish said she feels blessed to be able to do the work she does and she’s a firm believer in public education.
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