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UW-Eau Claire Graduate Named Wisconsin's Elementary School Principal of the Year

RELEASED: April 7, 2009

Bobbie Schmidt
Bobbie Schmidt

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire education graduate has been named the 2009 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

Bobbie Schmidt, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1976 with a degree in elementary education and special education, is currently the principal at Richmond Elementary School in Appleton.

As Wisconsin's Elementary School Principal of the Year, Schmidt will become a nominee for the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principals Program.

Schmidt — who has been the principal at the Appleton elementary school for seven years — is described as a passionate leader who considers continuous improvement planning among her top accomplishments. After recognizing students needed more individual attention for math, she created a Math Achievement Partnership program that pairs community volunteers with students. The program has been so successful that it's been replicated in five other schools in her district. Schmidt's school has earned the Governor's School Health Award twice in recent years and was named one of the Top 5 Health Schools in the Nation by Health magazine.

Administrators, school board members, teachers, students and parents were among those making nominations for the Principal of the Year program. Criteria for being chosen include a commitment to excellence, high expectations of staff, evidence of outstanding contributions to the school and the profession, and being an established and respected member of the community.

For more information about Schmidt and other Wisconsin Principal of the Year winners, see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Web site.

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