Dr. Sherri Lewis, principal at Bernard Campbell Middle School, was named the 2017 Missouri Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. She will receive the award at the organization’s spring conference, scheduled for March 27.
The local principal was selected for this award based on her impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and her personalization of the learning environment.
“Dr. Lewis is excellent in gathering staff feedback and involving staff in school decisions,” said Nathan Miller, a BCMS teacher. “Dr. Lewis leads the Site-Based Team and our Lead Teacher Team where many school-wide programs and instructional decisions are made. This program has had a huge effect on school culture and academic performance.”
Dr. Tessa Wright, assistant principal at BCMS, praised Dr. Lewis’ efforts to provide community resources to better offer learning opportunities that connect school to work and careers. “In her short tenure as building principal she has strengthened our community partnerships offering BCMS students engineering experiences with a local engineering firm,” Dr. Wright added.
Dennis Smith, a community member, said Dr. Lewis blends all aspects of the school educational experience into connected learning experiences. “She has encouraged staff to provide extracurricular activities that encourage students to explore areas of interest that they have above and beyond their everyday classroom studies,” Mr. Smith said. “Not only do the students get hands-on learning but also get to work with others to accomplish the tasks at hand.”
The selection for the state recognition was made from more than 600 middle-level school principals from throughout Missouri. Dr. Lewis is in her fourth year as the principal at Campbell Middle School and her ninth year as an administrator. She also has worked as an assistant principal, school improvement coordinator and language arts teacher at Campbell Middle School.
She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a master’s degree in secondary administration from the University of Missouri and her doctorate of educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In 2015, she received the Missouri Association of School Librarians Service Award for School Administrators.
MOASSP sponsors the High School and Middle Level Principal of the Year Programs. Dr. Lewis will be in the running to represent Missouri in the 2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year program.