Troy Howard principal honored for innovation, leadershipBuckheit named principal of the year
Belfast — The Maine Principals' Association (MPA) has named Kimberly Buckheit, principal of Troy A. Howard Middle School (THMS) Maine's middle level principal of the year.
According to an MPA press release, Buckheit received the award "for being the consummate professional who brings focused leadership that results in an exemplary, innovative model for school success in which learners are inspired and thrive. Her commitment to innovation supports risk-taking and implementation of 'next' best practices in education."
In announcing Buckheit's selection as Maine's 2013 middle level principal fo the year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted that "Kim Buckheit brings high energy and passion to her role as principal as she inspires adults and students to strive for a successful learning experience for all. she embodies the skills, belief and determination that a 21st-century school leader must model for the school community. The program and practices of Troy Howard Middle School inspire educators throughout Maine to implement similar innovations that result in student achievement gains."
Buckheit will be honored at the MPA's spring conference awards banquet on Mar. 28. Next fall, she will also be honored by the national Association of Elementary School Principals in corporate sponsorship with VALIC in Washington, D.C.
Buckheit received a B.A. from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in 1989 and a master's degree in 1999 from Goucher College in Maryland.
She has served as an elementary school principal at Edna Drinkwater Elementary School in Northport, East Belfast Elementary School and Governor Anderson Elementary School prior to being named principal of THMS.
Buckheit is active in the MPA as a mentor for new principals and as a presenter at state education leadership conferences. According to the MPA press release, THMS "regularly welcomes visiting educators eager to learn more about the successful practices in place at this exemplary school."
The MPA is a professional association representing Maine's K-12 principals and assistant principals. The association dates back to 1921 and focuses its work on promoting the principalship, supporting principals as educational leaders and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.