Fort Bend ISD has named its 2013 Principals of the Year. Deirdre Holloway, principal of Blue Ridge Elementary (BRE), is the Elementary Principal of the Year, and Vonda Washington, principal of Christa McAuliffe Middle School (CMMS) is Secondary Principal of the Year. Each year, District principals select an elementary and secondary honoree based on their leadership, service and dedication to students, faculty and staff.
In her six years as BRE principal, Holloway has improved test scores, state rankings and overall student achievement, and she commends her staff for going the “extra mile” for their students. Holloway comes from a family of educators and grew up learning the importance of education. This is her second time to be named FBISD’s Principal of the Year.
“I became a principal because I love working with teachers and students,” Holloway said. “I greet students every morning as they walk in the building and visit classrooms weekly, often asking students to explain what they are learning. I also try to build positive relationships with parents that visit the school.”
Washington has been the principal at CMMS for three years and strives each day to ensure all of her teachers, students and community stakeholders know that she has a genuine concern for them. Washington will finish her doctorate degree in educational leadership in May.
“I make a conscious effort to always be a model for anyone I come in contact with, and I expect my students and teachers to do the same,” said Washington. “As the principal of McAuliffe, I commit to implementing the change necessary for building critical thinkers and problem solvers.”