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Bibb County elementary school principal receives national award

Amy Duke, principal of Bibb County’s Springdale Elementary School, named the 2013 National Distinguished Principal.

Duke was nominated for the award by other Georgia principals in a search process conducted by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals. Criteria for selection of the principals requires that the honorees be selected by their colleagues for setting standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for students, families, and staff above and beyond those expected in a school program.

Some of Duke’s accomplishments include receiving the Governor’s Bronze Award in the highest percentage category three times for student achievement, receiving the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals’ School Bell Award and Patron Award. She also was asked to serve on the Governor’s Principal Advisory Committee and is a participant in the National Principals Mentoring Certification Program.

"There are a lot of great principals in this state and a lot of great principals here in Bibb County and for them to choose me to represent them in this way is just a huge honor. I'm stunned! I'm surprised," said Duke.

Duke will travel to Washington, D.C., in November where the U. S. Secretary of Education will present her with the award

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