On May 22, Heatherbrae Elementary School Principal Eva Stevens thought she was finished presenting all the awards during a school assembly when Julie Case, Assistant Principal stood up and announced there was one more award.
Ms. Case introduced a special guest, Mr. Pat Ryan, Jr. who came on stage and surprised Ms. Stevens with the announcement that she was one of three national winners of The Ryan Award.
Rob Birdsell – Accelerate Institute, Eva Stevens-Heatherbrae Principal, Cartwright School District Superintendent Dr. Jacob A. Chávez, Pat Ryan, Jr-Founder of Accelerate Institute
This prestigious award honors school principals who have demonstrated accelerated results in underserved schools over a minimum of four years. The school must also serve a high percentage of urban, low-income and minority students. The award is given by the Accelerate Institute.
Ms. Stevens took Heatherbrae from 30-40 percent proficiency, when she started as principal 14 years ago, to 79 percent last year, and the K-5 school is on track this year to be one of the state’s first 90-90-90 schools (90 percent free and reduced population, 90 percent minority, 90 percent proficiency).
For two years in a row Heatherbrae has received Grade A status from the Arizona Department of Education.
Ms. Stevens received a $25,000 honorarium and will be featured as a guest lecturer for The Ryan Fellows in a summer program. Her stories and strategies will be profiled so current and future school leaders can gain inspiration and insight from her success.
The Cartwright School District No.83, located in the West Valley, serves more than 19,000 students in 20 elementary schools. Cartwright School District is a community of learners with a focus on results collaborating to the unique learning needs of every child by closing the achievement gap and exceeding state and national standards. Learning for All, Every Child, Every School, Every Day.
For more information, visit the district’s website, www.csd83.org.