“I am so thankful for the recognition of our hard work at Elkins Pointe Middle School,” Springman said in a news release. “I am blessed to work with a team of passionate, focused educators both within my school and throughout the Fulton County Schools district. It is an exciting time to be a principal, and I look forward to the opportunities that are coming our way.”
Principals were asked to nominate a peer who exemplified the school system’s beliefs, mission and strategic goals.
“We have many strong principals in Fulton County Schools, and Melinda Springman has risen to the top as a stellar leader,” Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a news release. “She embodies a true passion for learning and teaching, and she brings enormous energy and dedication to her work. It’s exciting to see the students and staff at Elkins Pointe excel under her leadership.”
In her nomination essay, Springman said that her mission at Elkins Pointe is to empower students for tomorrow’s global society. She recognizes that today’s students are more technology savvy than the generations before and through her school’s technology initiatives, she works to close the digital divide where some students have access to technology and others do not.
Through Springman’s leadership, the school also created an “On Pointe” program that focuses on preparing at-risk students for high school graduation. In addition to strong academics, Springman believes in educating “the whole child.” During the 2012-13 school year, Elkins Pointe added two new courses — a Leadership Academy and Adventure Quest. Both courses focus on developing confidence and decision-making in crisis situations, allowing students to reflect on their own beliefs and strengthen their self-esteem.
As Fulton’s principal of the year, Springman will represent Fulton County Schools during the next year in leadership situations at the local and state level, providing a voice for the district’s principals and administrators. She also will be formally recognized at the school system’s Legacy of Excellence awards gala this fall.