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Sidney Middle School Principal Receives Statewide Recognition


The Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) recognized Sidney Middle School Principal, Kelly Johnson, with the prestigious MTSBA School and Community Service Award at the Montana Conference of Education Leadership (MCEL) held last week in Billings. "Nominees for the School and Community Service Award are made from the local district and community," said Dianne Burke, MTSBA President from Frenchtown, who announced Johnson's award.

"The Directors of the Montana School Boards Association respect administrative leadership and understand the crucial role administrative leadership plays in pursuing the best outcome for the children in our public schools," Burke said. "We also understand that the best administrative leadership extends beyond the walls of the school and into the community – that is why we use the School and Community Service Award to recognize an individual who has been nominated not only by those with whom she works in the school district, but by individuals from the community as well," Burke said.

"Kelly Johnson really stood out as we reviewed the impressive comments submitted in support of her nomination," Burke said. Here are a few of the comments on Kelly Johnson:

"Kelly (Johnson) strives to make a daily difference in the lives of students and staff."

"She has been an "Artist in Residence" – leading change, inspiring students and staff, engaging parents, and bringing the community into the process of change."

"She started with a small team of supporters in looking at the Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI), built collective support at the school level in providing students with opportunities and finding success – and now, we have embraced MBI district-wide as a means of effecting positive change."

"Part of Kelly's vision is building strong relationships with parents through effective communications."

"Kelly's keystones on a day-to-day basis are student learning and being an advocate for students."

"As a parent of two school children and as a businessperson, I have the privilege of witnessing the progress that she is making at the Sidney Middle School. What a positive difference she is making in students' lives!"

"I have been a teacher for 30 years in the system and have seen principals come and go, but I have never before experienced the kind of leadership that I have witnessed in Kelly Johnson"

"The years under her leadership have been the best five years of my teaching career. I am energized by the belief that she has brought to our school – we can make a difference and have a positive impact on our students."

"The Sidney School District should be very proud of having someone as dedicated as Kelly Johnson to advocate not only for their students, but for the entire community," Burke said.


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