Fruitdale Elementary School’s Heather Yount, IAL ’08, CAL ’12, has been named Oregon’s 2016 National Distinguished Principal. She was honored by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) at the annual COSA conference in Seaside, Oregon. Yount, who is from Grants Pass, is a graduate of PSU’s Initial and Continuing Administrator programs. She has worked for Three Rivers School District for 17 years.
Under her leadership, in 2014–15, Fruitdale Elementary became one of Oregon’s Model Schools. Model schools are high-poverty schools rated in the top 5 percent of achievement in the state. Fruitdale students have made remarkable gains in English language arts, math, and science.
Each year the award recognizes elementary and middle school principals who are exemplary for their achievements and who have had a positive impact on student outcomes. Previous GSE alumni winners include Lizi Aguilar-Nelson, IAL ’05, CAL ’10, and Ericka Guynes, GTEP ’92, MEd ’95.
Yount is automatically eligible for national honors and will travel to Washington, DC, in October for the National Distinguished Principal event.