Grissom Middle School Principal Nathan Boyd named 2016 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year

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The principal of Grissom Middle School has earned a big honor.

Penn-Harris-Madison Schools teachers, students, and staff are holding a surprise celebration Thursday afternoon for Nathan Boyd. He’s the 2016 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year.

From Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation:

Principal Nathan Boyd was awarded 2016 Indiana’s Middle School Principal of the Year by Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) on November 20. The school’s teachers, staff and students have planned this surprise to celebrate this prestigious award with their principal. “When you think of an outstanding and creative leader, you think of Nathan Boyd,” says Dr. Jerry Thacker, P-H-M superintendent. “Nathan truly is an exemplary principal, going above and beyond every day to model for his students Grissom’s motto: Good, Better, Best!”

Mr. Boyd has created that sense of shared purpose at Grissom since becoming principal there in 2013. He encourages his team to be student-centered in every way, with instructional approaches that lead to increased academic achievement. Mr. Boyd has worked tirelessly to not only make Grissom an “A-rated” school, but a school with co- and extra-curricular offerings that allow students to develop talents and experience success. Two examples of this are the first ever “Grissom Drum Brigade” and the popular “Club Honors.” Nathan Boyd’s recognition as Indiana Middle School Principal of the year is the second time that a PHM principal has been named as one of the state’s top principals. Last year, Steve Hope, principal of Penn High School, was named Indiana High School Principal of the Year.

This not the first honor this year for Mr. Boyd; in the spring, he was also chosen as a member of 2016 Michiana “Forty under 40” class, as well as District 2 Middle School Principal of the Year. As the state’s overall winner, Mr. Boyd was chosen from a field of 12 other district middle school principals. He will be recognized by the P-H-M Board of School Trustees at the December 12th Board Meeting for the state honor. Mr. Boyd will go on to represent Indiana at the National Association of Secondary School Principals Recognition Program in the Fall of 2017.


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