Denver School Leader is Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year


?Denver School Leader is Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year

Kim Tierney, principal of Denver Elementary School in the Denver Community School District, has been named the 2014 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

“SAI is pleased to recognize Kim Tierney for her outstanding educational leadership,” said Dan Smith, the association’s executive director. “Mrs. Tierney’s enthusiasm for learning is contagious and evidenced by her own experiences, that of the school’s teachers through Professional Learning Communities, and ultimately, the students’ growth," Smith added.                  

Tierney commented on the award, “This is a tremendous professional honor for which all stakeholders within the Denver Community School District deserve credit! I serve our district in a very collaborative and shared leadership capacity; therefore, this award recognizes the hard work of our past and current administrative team, our teachers and classified staff, volunteers and of course the students, their families and our community members.”                  

This is Tierney’s sixth year as a principal in the district. She began her career as a teacher in the Waukee Community School District. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle school education from the University of Northern Iowa and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Iowa State University.

“Evolution of public education is at an all-time high right now within the state of Iowa, and it is very exciting to be part of such high-leverage change! Our staff at Denver views the changes as opportunities and we will continue our commitment to do whatever it takes to make sure that all children learn at high levels,” Tierney expressed.

She was nominated by her peers, selected by a committee of Iowa elementary principals, and will be recognized at a governor’s awards ceremony in May. The National Association of Elementary School Principals will also honor her as a National Distinguished Principal this fall in Washington, D.C.

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