DEN Principal Spotlight: Happy Carrico, Debbie Sarver, Judy Pippen, and Vernisa Bodison

Principal SpotlightThe Discovery Educator Network recently asked its members to help shine the light on the amazing work principals were accomplishing at school sites around the globe. The nominations flooded in and we are excited to share the results with you.

Please take a moment to read through the great things happening in education today and congratulate these stellar lead learners.

Is there a principal you would like to nominate for recognition? Complete this form and we’ll feature him/her in our DEN Principal Spotlight series.



Happy Carrico: Newton Rayzor Elementary, Denton ISD
Nominated by: Kelly Born
Award Title: Leading with Excellence

“Dr. Happy is everything a teacher could ask for in a principal. We don’t get free days off. We don’t get to go home early everyday. But we do get the respect we deserve as teaching professionals. We work hard everyday with our kids pushing them to do their best. The only reason we can do that is because Dr. Happy pushes us to do our best everyday. Even on your off days she’s there to coach and support you as you grow and learn. She recognizes we aren’t perfect and that teaching students is ad much of a learning experience for us as the classroom is for the students. We get our occasional jeans passes and no-staff meeting days. Those days help keep us going. But the true motivation comes from her respect and understanding of us!” -Kelly Born

Vernisa Bodison: Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary, Dorchester School District Two
Nominated by: Pam Inabinett
Award Title: Student Achievement

“Ms. Bodison is in her fourth year as principal of Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School. WHAIES is a Title One school with the highest poverty index in Dorchester Two School District. She has led our school through some amazing times. Student achievement is at an all-time high at our Title I school with the highest poverty index in our district. WHAIES has received the following accolades during her leadership:
*2014 Reward School for Performance
*2013 Excellent Report Card Absolute Rating
*2013 Received an “A” for Federal Accountability Grade
*2013 Palmetto Gold Award Winner
*2013 Closing the Gap & Achievement Award

Ms. Bodison sets high expectations for our students and staff. She, with some amazing educators, has created a school climate with high expectations for exemplary academics and behavior.” -Pam Inabinett

Judy Pippen: Jim C. Bailey Middle School, Escambia County School District
Nominated by: Elizabeth Evans-Razi
Award Title: Leading by Example

“Our principal is a strong believer in the impact DE can make in helping identify our students’ weak areas and their strengths. She supports our use of DE by having a variety of ways of teaching the staff strategies for using DE resources, and its data analysis. She is always willing to help us in our desire to become more effect as teachers and utilize the best resources to do so. As more and more of our teachers become more familiar with DE and its many uses, we learn and benefit, and most importantly our students do to, especially through the use of Progress Charts from Tests A, Test B, and Test C. Through analysis of the test data we are able to immediately see what areas we need to remediate in, and which areas we need to add for enrichment. She is DE’s biggest cheerleader, and a wonderful principal!” -Elizabeth Evans-Razi

Debbie Sarver: Lakeside Middle School, Forsyth County
Nominated by: Patti Grammens
Award Title: Leading a Family of Great Educators

“My principal is a great leader who lets us do what we do best so our talents can shine. She encourages us to try new ideas and to always do what is best for our students.” -Patti Grammens


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