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January 19, 2016 | UAA celebrates collaboration with Clark Middle School

C1415_junior_cohort-250x169.jpg BPP congratulates Cessilye Williams, principal of Clark Middle School in Anchorage, for being named the Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. Principal Williams has served as a principal for fifteen years, thirteen of which have been at Clark Middle School.

The CBPP Leadership Fellows Juniors Program is an example of how Principal Williams goes the extra mile to encourage and support the growth and development of her students.  She worked closely with CBPP Professor Terry Nelson to develop and support the Leadership Fellows Juniors Program, which involved seventeen Clark Middle School eighth graders.  The students were mentored by CBPP faculty, UAA staff and the CBPP Leadership Fellows.  The Leadership Fellows Juniors attended six 2-hour leadership building skill classes and completed a community engagement project during the spring 2015 semester.

According to Principal Williams, Clark Middle School is in one of Anchorage's most culturally diverse neighborhoods. Clark Middle School has the highest number of minority students, special education students, and the highest number of student achievers. As Alaska's Principal of the year Principal Williams is also a nominee for the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year which will be announced in the fall.