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  • Honoring Principal Steve Hope for the 2015 Indiana Principal of the Year

    by Representative Jackie Walorski

    Posted on 2015-12-08

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    WALORSKI of indiana in the house of representatives Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Mrs. WALORSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Principal Steve Hope of Penn High School for being named the 2015 Indiana High School Principal of the Year. His success in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students at Penn is nothing short of remarkable.

    Every year, the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) recognizes outstanding principals who have succeeded in providing high- quality learning opportunities for students. Recipients are chosen based on their performance in showing leadership at the building level, at the district and community level, and at the state level. Every one of us depends on our teachers, and because of that, they deserve our support and appreciation.

    For nearly 20 years, Principal Hope has been contributing to the betterment of Indiana education. Since he became the principal of Penn High School in 2008, Indiana's Department of Education has named Penn an A-rated school and a 4-Star Award winner. U.S. News and World Report also named Penn an Outstanding High School in 2009 and 2015. Because of leaders like Principal Hope, Hoosier classrooms are filled with future doctors, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

    Principal Hope's efforts have been instrumental in advancing Indiana's education system. In 2010, he initiated the reorganization of Penn from a traditional high school to personalized approach through a $1.7 million dollar [[Page E1726]] federal grant. This program begins with the Freshman Academy, which helps middle school students acclimate to high school, and offers six other academies which support college and career readiness. This includes Fine Arts & Communications, Management & Business, Health and Human Services, STEM, World Languages, and the Early College Academy. Contributions like these would not be possible without the efforts of passionate educators like Principal Hope.

    This smaller learning community structure is successful because of Principal Hope's dedication to both the students and the teachers. As a leader, he sees that students excel when they are taught by highly engaged and trained teachers and staff. Because of this, Principal Hope's vision also focuses on professional development for teachers. Quite simply, his work is bettering the lives of Hoosiers.

    I want to take this opportunity to once again thank Principal Hope for helping students and teachers at Penn develop their talents and become our future leaders. On behalf of myself and my fellow Hoosiers, I congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award.


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