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Lasure finalist for state's Elementary Principal of Year

SPRING VALLEY--Elementary Principal Ken Lasure is “a compassionate, caring and innovative educator.”

Because of this and many other reasons, he was nominated by members of the Spring Valley teaching staff for the 2013-14 Wisconsin Elementary Principal of the Year Award.

Lasure has been the Spring Valley Elementary School Principal for nearly 10 years. Before that, he served as the district’s middle-high school principal for the same duration.

The district has seen many changes during Lasure’s time: a new middle-high school building, implementation of more technology to support learning and changes in curriculum, to name a few. Teachers value his leadership in putting in place the systems and tools needed for them to do their jobs. These include things like common planning time for each grade level; accessibility to classroom sets of iPads; and guidance in implementing initiatives such as Response to Intervention (RtI), character education, Common Core State Standards and preparation for Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Lasure encourages teacher leadership as the best way to move the school forward.

The nomination letter says, “Mr. Lasure is very willing to listen to and show support of staff and students.”

Lasure says his greatest accomplishment is, “playing a key role in creating a strong school culture and climate where each student feels personally known, valued and cared for. Staff and parents in Spring Valley recognize that positive relationships allow academic growth to accelerate by maintaining an environment where students feel emotionally safe to take risks and focus on academic growth and achievement.”

For more please read the April 30 print version of the Herald.