The Bright Futures Partnership congratulates Linda Bleile, the Maine Principals’ Association Middle Level Principal of the Year! Linda has been principal at Wiscasset Middle School for nine years. Before that she was a teacher at the same school. As principal she has exemplified Bright Futures’ Core Practice 6: School leaders, using a collaborative and democratic leadership model, focus on establishing an environment that supports the learning needs of young adolescents. During her tenure the school has participated in a CSR grant, implemented Expeditionary Learning, revamped their schedule to better meet the needs of their students, and incorporated literacy across the curriculum. Linda models the changes that need to occur. When her staff was educating themselves about literacy, she participated by trying out new strategies in a classroom and shared her successes and challenges during faculty meetings. She shared the same risks as her staff as they worked to change their pedagogy.
When the award was announced at an assembly at Wiscasset MS, Linda called her entire staff out to join her and said,”This is an award for all of us. Wiscasset Middle School has a wonderful staff, school and students. All the staff from the teachers to custodians to kitchen staff helped earn this award.” (http://lincolncountynewsonline.com/main.asp?SubSectionID=75&ArticleID=51313&SectionID=1)
Congratulations Linda! This award is well deserved.