In a surprise ceremony Wednesday, the Rhode Island Association of School Principals (RIASP) announced that Coventry High School's Brooke Macomber was named the 2014 Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year.
After teaching Spanish at both the middle and high school levels for 15 years, Macomber first became an assistant principal in 2009 and is now in her third year of the role at CHS.
Described by Principal Michael Hobin as having a charismatic personality, Macomber is praised for the great rapport she maintains with students, faculty, staff, parents and community members.
"She is masterful at helping every stakeholder take responsibility and be accountable for his or her performance," he said.
Other administrators note that Macomber fosters a positive school climate by promoting leadership, nurturing a collegial spirit among staff, recognizing excellence in teaching and working tirelessly to personalize the school environment for students.
A gifted leader, Macomber brings together the resources of the school and community to work collaboratively with students and adults to improve student achievement while modeling personal and professional integrity and fairness.
All members of the school community concur that her leadership through the School Climate and Culture Committee has spearheaded a major change in the school where best practices are shared, acts of kindness are celebrated and there is a daily focus on the positive.
Macomber's Good Monday newsletter provides weekly highlights of good things happening at Coventry High School, including recognition for excellence in teaching. She seeks out "unsung" heroes among the faculty and shares their good work with all, as well as coordinates the Crystal Apple Award program at CHS which recognizes teachers and staff members.
Macomber also acknowledges the good work of students by highlighting their acts of kindness at assemblies, sending home photos of students involved in CHS activities and checking in with them on a regular basis to be sure they are succeeding academically and personally.
During the award selection process, fellow CHS educators noted that Macomber has successfully and collaboratively worked with diverse departments in professional development, resulting in a change of assessments towards a higher degree of rigor and relevance. Teachers also shared that Macomber does her research and learns right alongside them in their work to implement Common Core Standards within the school, and that her effort, boundless energy and contagious positive attitude inspire them to improve their teaching.
Macomber is also credited with challenging others' thinking and not settling for the status quo. For example, she encourages teachers to extend students' learning beyond the school building and out into the community and has initiated outreach to CHS alumni requesting participation in multiple college and career readiness programs and events.
"Mrs. Macomber is a dedicated, collaborative and inspirational leader whose leadership demonstrates that children can learn, anything is possible, and that true collaboration will always result in high morale and high achievement," said RIASP Executive Director Patricia Hines. "In fact, she exemplifies what it means to be an Oaker: open-minded, accepting, kind, encouraging and respectful."
"We are thrilled for Mrs. Macomber to earn this award for her hard work with the students and teachers at Coventry High School," said Principal Hobin.
Macomber will be recognized at the Annual RIASP Principal of the Year Awards Ceremony in May, and will be honored along with fellow Assistant Principals of the Year from across the country at a forum and awards banquet held each year in Washington, D.C.