Middle School Principal of the Year: Phil Ambrose
The Illinois Principals Association is pleased to announce that Phillip Ambrose, Principal of Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, has been named as the 2012-2013 Middle School Principal of the Year. The award recognized middle school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community. Criteria for the award include:
- Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
- Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale
- Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change
- Willing to take risks to improve student learning
- Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school
- Works collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve the educational program and student achievement
- Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them
- Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students
Mr. Ambrose has brought his curriculum into the 21st Century by offering a great deal of online instruction that can be tailored to fit the students’ needs and abilities. Through his calm demeanor, his belief that every student can learn, and his leadership in creating the most positive atmosphere possible for his students, Mr. Ambrose has created a school environment where students can find success.
Mr. Ambrose was recognized at a regional Illinois Principal Association meeting on Feb. 21, and will also be recognized at the annual IPA Principals Professional Conference held in October in Peoria.
“Principal Ambrose is a great leader and takes responsibility for the school’s success.” said Superintendent Mike Oberhaus. “His top priority is in the best interest of the students at Thurgood Marshall Learning Center.”