WEINER, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 principal is one of eight principals from across the country honored for their leadership.
Weiner Elementary School Principal Pam Hogue recently found out she received the Terrel H. Bell Award.
It is an award given by the U.S. Secretary of Education for being a transformational leader and inspiring greatness in students, teachers, and communities.
While hesitant to brag on herself, Hogue said she is honored to be chosen.
"I think it shows the determination of a group of people to make sure that these 118 kids, that are entrusted to us, just have absolutely every opportunity that we can offer them," Hogue said.
Hogue was nominated by the Harrisburg School District superintendent, a Weiner Elementary faculty member, and a parent of a Weiner Elementary student.
The news release from the U.S. Secretary of Education Office said Hogue was chosen partially for expanding the schools Gifted and Talented Program to include the entire school.
"We want to expose them to the world," Hogue said. "We want them to know they can do anything they want to do."
Tonya Thompson teaches fifth and sixth grade at Weiner Elementary. She said it was no surprise Hogue received this award.
"We work for a principal that is not only innovative but also progressive in making sure that our school is not only educating children but providing a cultural background for them," Thompson said.
Hogue will travel to Washington D.C. with winners from New Jersey, Maine, Texas, and Louisiana to receive the award in November.
She said she can't wait for the opportunity to talk about her school of 118 students on a national stage.
"Getting to tell about Weiner Elementary and getting to tell the amazing things that the people that work here are doing for children," Hogue said.
Thompson said many think Weiner Elementary closed after consolidation in 2010 but not anymore.
"I would have to explain to them that we are open," Thompson said. "Now we don't have to explain that because of the role she's played as our administrator."
As a true leader might say, Hogue said this award does not belong to her.
"Anything that I receive, if it has my name on it, it's not for me," Hogue said. "It is for my kids here. It is for my staff here, and the people of this community, and the Harrisburg School District.
Hogue received the award in conjunction with Weiner Elementary being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.
She and other teachers and administrators from the Harrisburg School District will also receive that award, while in Washington D.C in November.
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