Mr. Murray- SAI Elementary Principal of the Year

Our district is pleased to share the news that Tilford elementary principal, Jim Murray, has been named the 2017 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

There are about 650 elementary principals in Iowa. While this award is given by SAI, he was nominated by staff and parents from his building last spring. Some of the quotes from the nominations included:

Ø   “Mr. Murray leads by example and is continually seeking effective, engaging professional development for all staff. He attends our professional development as a learner and reinforces his learning to us by leading by example.”

Ø  “..has always held his employees to a very high standard of professionalism here at Tilford. How we dress, how we work with students and parents, the examples we set in our daily tasks have always been held to a very high standard.”

Ø  “…He takes the time for kids whether they are in trouble or earn reward time with him. If they are in trouble, he helps them work through whatever problem they are facing. He doesn’t accuse but helps them to tell the trouble about what happened and to make good decisions the next time a situation may occur.”

Ø  “I can sum up Mr. Murray’s leadership style in a simple sentence – He does what is best for kids.”

Vinton-Shellsburg is fortunate to have Mr. Murray as a part of our school-community.  He understands the commitment that it takes to be a school leader.  He has what it takes including a passion to not just say let’s do it for kids but the willingness and skills to actually put that passion into action. In particular, he understands the importance of having a positive climate and culture within his building and how it in turn impacts students’ success. I am grateful that Mr. Murray chooses to be a part of our district.