Ridgecrest Principal Receives National Award
Ridgecrest Elementary Principal Receives National Award
Posted on 11/05/2020
Ridgecrest Elementary Principal Receives National AwardPuyallup School District is excited to announce that Dr. Michelle Fox, Principal of Ridgecrest Elementary, is one of 10 principals in the nation, first Washington state recipient, to receive the 2020 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the US Secretary of Education. Dr. Fox will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools virtual awards ceremony on November 12, 2020. Dr. Fox is the first-ever Washington principal to receive this award and was selected from the 2020 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The Terrel H. Bell Award recognizes outstanding school leaders and the vital role they play in guiding students and schools to excellence, frequently under challenging circumstances.Dr. Fox cultivates a trusting and caring school environment where everyone feels welcomed, supported, and challenged to give their best each day. Her greatest strength is knowing the formula for school success.  A combination of strong systems, academic rigor, and caring community is her baseline for student success.  

Principals chosen as Terrel H. Bell Award recipientshave transformed their schools. Their vision and collaborative leadership styles have produced outstanding results for all students to develop academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and culturally. These principals have shown that with effective leadership, skilled teaching, and high expectations, all students can learn

Puyallup School District congratulates Dr. Michelle Fox on earning this prestigious national recognition!


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