School Leader of the Year
This award honors Summit Learning and Along principals and assistant principals who rethink, reimagine, and rebuild education by passionately working together with their communities.
Our inspiring recipients
These educators impacted positive change in their communities by collaborating with enthusiasm and compassion.
Northport School District
Catherine Hunt made an immediate impact on her tight-knit community when she arrived in Spring 2020. As K-12 Principal, Catherine does whatever needs to be done each day and starts each morning by greeting all students by name as they arrive. Originally from Alabama, the mother of five leads by the motto, “Today is a good day for a good day.”
Intrinsic Schools, Belmont Campus
After 11 years as a teacher, Chris Lin remains passionate about rolling up his sleeves and helping students with their work. But as an Assistant Principal, Chris is now able to spread his infectious love of learning throughout his community. The former tennis and robotics coach leads with a team-first mentality and brings joy by wearing costumes on spirit days and producing slideshows to celebrate colleagues.
Carter Lomax Middle School
“The world changes, and we as educators need to change with it.” Those words were said by the late Norma Penny, who inspired the Gradient Learning School Leader of the Year Award and is a posthumous recipient this inaugural year. Penny embodied the characteristics of a school leader who enthusiastically led the change in education throughout her 15 years as principal of Carter Lomax Middle School.