Dr. Stephanie Morrow Honored as 2020 Georgia National Distinguished Principal

National K-12 publisher Mentoring Minds partners with Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals to recognize Morrow for Excellence in School Leadership

TIFTON, Georgia – May 29, 2020 – Dr. Stephanie Morrow, principal at Annie Belle Clark Elementary School in Tifton, Georgia, has been named 2020 National Distinguished Principal by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP). Dr. Morrow will be awarded a check for $2,000 through the sponsorship of national K-12 publisher Mentoring Minds, a partner of GAESP. She and her fellow state winners will be honored during the 2020 National Distinguished Principal event in October in Washington, D.C.

“Dr. Morrow’s commitment to excellence is reflected in programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all children and the establishment of community ties with parents and local business organizations,” said Hal Beaver, executive director at GAESP. “She has put the progress and the well-being of every child at the forefront of school planning and operations, and students are on the road to a quality education because of her efforts.”

“School principals commit their professional lives to educational excellence and their personal lives to children,” Beaver said. “They are uniquely dedicated public servants who rarely receive the kind of public recognition they deserve.”

Dr. Morrow has been principal of Annie Belle Clark Elementary for the past nine years and had a vision from the start. Dr. Morrow has created a warm and inviting environment for all her students and staff. Fellow principal Dr. Jamie Dawson stated, “Dr. Morrow is a team player, dependable, ethical, professional, reliable, and a change agent. No matter what capacity Dr. Morrow is serving in, she serves with her head and heart!”

Teachers at Annie Belle Clark Elementary School praise Dr. Morrow as a consummate professional, dynamic leader, and effective communicator who shares her goals and allows teachers to implement them in the classroom with her support.

According to parent Sharon Nixon, “Dr. Morrow is a game changer, a visionary, a consensus-builder, a collaborator, transparent, brilliant-yet humble and yet just plain fun. She loves serving at the helm of Annie Belle Clark Elementary School, one of Tift County’s best elementary schools, and it shows. Students, parents, teachers, her administrative staff and fellow educators consistently say, ‘We love Dr. Morrow!’.”

Dr. Morrow is the instructional leader of her school. She maintains an instructional focus while managing administrative tasks. Dr. Morrow is an instructional leader among her colleagues as well. This year alone she serves as a mentor to three new principals and three second-year principals., states Joanna Hand K-5, Curriculum Director.

“Dr. Morrow has met the challenges at her school head on, providing innovative solutions that have not only had a positive impact on students, but on the community, making her a true trailblazer,” said Shad Madsen, CEO of Mentoring Minds. “We are proud to partner with GAESP to recognize her as Georgia’s 2020 National Distinguished Principal.”

Dr. Morrow earned a master’s degree from Albany State and a specialist degree for Albany State. She received her Educational Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.

About the National Distinguished Principals Program

The National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure America’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. Established in 1984, the program recognizes and celebrates principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

The program is based on three fundamental ideas:

  • Children’s attitudes towards learning and their perceptions of themselves as lifelong learners are established in the beginning school years.
  • The scope and quality of children’s educational experiences are determined primarily by the school principal, who establishes, through the important work of teachers and the support of caring parents, the character of a particular school’s program.
  • The dedication and enthusiasm of the outstanding principals who guide children’s early education experiences should be acknowledged to both show appreciation for their work as well as to allow them to serve as models for others in the field.

About Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life company

Mentoring Minds is on a mission to put critical thinking at the center of K-12 education. Founded by teachers, Mentoring Minds provides print resources and an instructional management platform that empower educators to infuse critical thinking skills into standards-based instruction. Students learn the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking through the ThinkUp! Standards Mastery System, which provides rigorous materials that elevate achievement among all students. Mentoring Minds’ commitment to education extends beyond the classroom as well—the company proudly sponsors forward-thinking administrators across the U.S. and supports community-based education initiatives through MindShare, an employee-driven grant program. For more information, call 800-585-5258 or visit www.mentoringminds.com.