Kenwood teacher becoming principal

By Daschell M. Phillips
Staff Writer
Hyde Park resident Arleen Manning, who worked as a math teacher at Kenwood Academy High School for two years, was nominated by Kenwood Principal Elizabeth Kirby to attend the New Leaders For New Schools principal preparation program and will start her principal residency this school year at King College Prep High School.
Manning, who is from Chesapeake, Va., worked as a management team leader for Phillip Morris, Frito Lay and Corning corporations before she decided to become a teacher. She’s been a teacher for about 13 years working in schools in Virginia and Indiana before becoming a teacher at Kenwood.
She said that from the moment she became a teacher at Kenwood Elizabeth Kirby, principal of Kenwood, began developing her into a school leader.
“I had no desire to do New Leaders For New Schools — I just wanted to teach,” Manning said. “But Ms. Kirby encouraged me and said I could do it.”
Kirby said Manning shows natural ability for the role of principal.
“As a teacher she was always high energy, student-centered and team-centered,” Kirby said. “ She would just jump in and take initiative, and she’s very passionate.”
Kirby said there is a national shortage of principals and “as principals retire we need qualified educators to take the reigns.”
According to its Web site, New Leaders for New Schools was founded in 2000 by five business and education graduate students who drew upon their extensive interviews with school leaders and district superintendents, their own experiences as classroom teachers and leaders and the most current thinking in education and policy to create a program that attracts, prepares and supports outstanding individuals to become the next generation of school leaders.
Kirby was a member of the second cohort of NLNS graduates and under her tenure Kenwood has been the host to eight NLNS interns. Seven of them have gone on to become principals and one is currently an assistant principal.
“We are looking forward to working with Ms. Manning this school year,” said Jeff Wright, principal at King. “We are grateful that NLNS picked King as a host site. We had a successful year with our first resident and we have similar hopes for Ms. Manning.”
Once Manning completes her one-year residency at King, she will take an eligibility test and be certified to lead a school. Once she becomes a principal she will receive a visit from a coach every two weeks and take development classes twice a month.
d.phillips@hpherald.com

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer
Hyde Park resident Arleen Manning, who worked as a math teacher at Kenwood Academy High School for two years, was nominated by Kenwood Principal Elizabeth Kirby to attend the New Leaders For New Schools principal preparation program and will start her principal residency this school year at King College Prep High School.Manning, who is from Chesapeake, Va., worked as a management team leader for Phillip Morris, Frito Lay and Corning corporations before she decided to become a teacher. She’s been a teacher for about 13 years working in schools in Virginia and Indiana before becoming a teacher at Kenwood. She said that from the moment she became a teacher at Kenwood Elizabeth Kirby, principal of Kenwood, began developing her into a school leader. “I had no desire to do New Leaders For New Schools — I just wanted to teach,” Manning said. “But Ms. Kirby encouraged me and said I could do it.” Kirby said Manning shows natural ability for the role of principal. “As a teacher she was always high energy, student-centered and team-centered,” Kirby said. “ She would just jump in and take initiative, and she’s very passionate.” Kirby said there is a national shortage of principals and “as principals retire we need qualified educators to take the reigns.” According to its Web site, New Leaders for New Schools was founded in 2000 by five business and education graduate students who drew upon their extensive interviews with school leaders and district superintendents, their own experiences as classroom teachers and leaders and the most current thinking in education and policy to create a program that attracts, prepares and supports outstanding individuals to become the next generation of school leaders.Kirby was a member of the second cohort of NLNS graduates and under her tenure Kenwood has been the host to eight NLNS interns. Seven of them have gone on to become principals and one is currently an assistant principal. “We are looking forward to working with Ms. Manning this school year,” said Jeff Wright, principal at King. “We are grateful that NLNS picked King as a host site. We had a successful year with our first resident and we have similar hopes for Ms. Manning.”Once Manning completes her one-year residency at King, she will take an eligibility test and be certified to lead a school. Once she becomes a principal she will receive a visit from a coach every two weeks and take development classes twice a month.d.phillips@hpherald.com

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