North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alumna wins Elementary School Principal of the Year award

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Kimberly Lisanby-Barber
Kimberly Lisanby-Barber

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber, a 1977 graduate of North Central College and principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Spring Valley, has been named the 2012-2013 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA).

The award recognizes elementary school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community. Horace Mann and the IPA announced the award in February.

The Elementary School Principal of the Year winner was selected from a pool of nominees provided by the 21 Regions of the IPA. Lisanby-Barber will be recognized at the IPA’s annual fall conference in October 2012 and will receive a $1,000 honorarium. As the award winner, she will be able to compete for the National Distinguished Principal of the Year award sponsored by VALIC and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

“Elementary school principals serve students at a critical juncture of their learning and development.  Kimberly is to be commended for her leadership and efforts to do what is best for her students,” said Jason Leahy, IPA executive director.

The announcement by IPA noted, “Lisanby-Barber has set high standards for her staff, students and parents and promotes the success of all. She recognizes the importance of respecting and supporting the diversity of people’s culture, race and socio-economical background. She is quick to promote new ideas and understands the importance of bridging the gaps between staff, families and student needs. She also has extensive knowledge of Illinois state laws and regulations, which she uses daily to maintain the security of the school.”

A resident of Mendota, Lisanby-Barber is serving her 15th year as principal at the school in Spring Valley Clark County School District 99. She also serves as the legislative chair at the state level of the Illinois Principals Association, is a member of Chris Koch’s Principal Advisory Board and recently was appointed to serve on the Principal Preparation Review Panel of the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure board. While a student at North Central, she majored in elementary education and minored in business management. She went on to receive a master’s in education from Northern Illinois University and is completing her doctorate at Western Illinois University.