Troy Howard principal honored for innovation, leadership

Buckheit named principal of the year
Feb 27, 2013
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Troy Howard Middle School Principal Kimberly Buckheit is honored during a special ceremony at the school Tuesday, Feb. 26, for being named the Maine Principal's Association middle level 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.

Comments (3)
Posted by: TROY HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL | Mar 01, 2013 10:05

I am extremely proud to work along side of Kim Buckheit.  Some of the decisions she has made over the past 10 years have not been met with great enthusiasm from parents and sometimes staff, but EVERYTHING she has done, the programs she has implemented, the "old" practices she has changed,  have been in the best interest of, and to improve the education of the students at Troy A Howard Middle School.  I know that there are people out there who say I am "drinking the kool-aid" because I work for Kim, but anyone who really knows me, knows that I am not a follower, and I don't say things I don't mean.  I sincerely believe that this community should be extremely proud to have Kim Buckheit at the helm of Troy A Howard Middle School and we can only hope that she continues to lead us into academic excellence.      Sandy Cameron

Posted by: Helen Sahadi | Feb 27, 2013 17:39

It is nice to see good news about our school district.  However, I hope my tax dollars didn't go towards the purchase of the helium ballons.

Posted by: TROY HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL | Feb 27, 2013 17:05

Congratulation Mrs. Buckheit, well deserved!  Although it might have been easy to choose to move on from the often bumpy path toward school improvement, you've continued lead.  Nice that the hard work is being recognized- enjoy!

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