Megan Gestson was one of 11 principals in Maricopa County awarded the prestigious Exemplary Principal Award from Steve Watson, superintendent of Maricopa County Schools.
This award is presented to individuals who exemplify practices and leadership that contribute to high expectations and exceptional student learning.
The criteria she was selected on was based on her ability to:
* Actively engage staff, parents and community members in developing an effective school culture.
* Utilize data to guide instruction and decisions regarding staff development.
* Have a history of high teacher retention.
* Demonstrate the ability to successfully develop and inspire others.
They must undergo a rigorous five-step evaluation which involves a superintendent nomination, teacher/staff survey, video interview, site visit and data review.
Gestson was given her award in a surprise ceremony at Irene Lopez Elementary School on May 7.