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NO. R-154.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Carol Eckels on being named the 2007 Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year.


Offered by:  Representative Jewett of Ripton

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, the Leicester Central School was in need of remedial assistance after it failed to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress designation as required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, due to below standard math and reading scores, and

Whereas, in order to gain the federal designation, Leicester’s principal Carol Eckels began a conscientious effort to strengthen the curriculum, and

Whereas, Carol Eckels was well-qualified to tackle the challenges of the Leicester school having both the classroom and administrative experience necessary to improve the school’s academic status, and

Whereas, her background in mathematics is especially impressive as she taught the subject at Vergennes Union High School for many years and is a veteran faculty member of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative that offers specialized courses in math education for elementary and secondary school teachers, and

Whereas, from an administrative perspective, Carol Eckels chaired the Mary Hogan Elementary School board in Middlebury for 17 years, and

Whereas, Carol Eckels worked with students on an individual and group basis to improve their scholastic aptitude, and

Whereas, the entire faculty attended a reading seminar in New York state in order to become acquainted with new teaching methods, and

Whereas, she brought in an outside expert to examine behavior problems at the school and tracked disciplinary problems, carefully documenting reductions as the situation improved, and

Whereas, through the diligent efforts of the school’s faculty and staff under Carol Eckels’ outstanding leadership, the Leicester Central School’s academic performance improved considerably, and its students are now achieving the required federal standards, and

Whereas, she has broadened the students’ vistas and introduced a major arts component into the curriculum, including field trips to artistic venues, and

Whereas, in recognition of Carol Eckels’ great work improving the Leicester Central School’s curriculum, student performance, and individual deportment, the Vermont Principal’s Association has awarded her its Henry Giauque Memorial Award, designating her the 2007 Vermont Elementary School Principal of the Year, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Carol Eckels on being named the 2007 Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carol Eckels at the Leicester Central School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont