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Harlem Middle's Marlo Leatherwood Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal

Marlo Leatherwood, Assistant Principal receiving her award
From Left: Dr. Bob Heaberlin, Executive Director of GAMSP, Ms. Marlo Leatherwood and Harlem Middle School Principal Mr. Carl Jackson. 
 
Harlem Middle School Assistant Principal Ms. Marlo Leatherwood was recently announced as a 2019 National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Outstanding Assistant Principal, representing Georgia. She was nominated and selected by her peers via a statewide search process conducted by the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP).

The NAESP established the program in 2011 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level assistant principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and culture for the students, families, and staff members in their learning communities.

In July, Ms. Leatherwood will travel to Spokane, Washington for the NAESP National Conference where she will be honored with colleagues from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who will be receiving the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principals award.

Criteria for selection requires honorees to be active assistant principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

At Harlem Middle School, Ms. Leatherwood has helped to develop the school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process that have led to an increase in student academic success and a decrease in student discipline. She has worked to streamline and improve the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) process to be more staff friendly in order to better serve students.
 
In addition, Ms. Leatherwood has been an active participant in activities sponsored by the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP) since becoming an administrator in 2016. She is also a graduate of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders’ (GAEL) Aspiring Principals Program, and she has played a significant role in outreach programs at her church since 2000.
 
“Perhaps Ms. Leatherwood’s biggest contribution to our school has been her unwavering support of the academic growth of our students,” said Harlem Middle Principal Carl Jackson. “She is strong in her beliefs, kind in her approach and always honest when dealing with everyone. You always know that you can trust her to do the right thing for our students, staff and family.”

Ms. Leatherwood earned degrees at the University of Georgia (BSEd) and Brenau University (MEd and Ed.S), as well as earning her educational leadership certification from Valdosta State University. She has served in her current administrative position at Harlem Middle School since 2016. Before taking on a role in educational leadership, Ms. Leatherwood was a middle school teacher from 1997-2016 working at three different middle schools and one elementary school in Georgia.
 
Ms. Leatherwood earned degrees at the University of Georgia (BSEd) and Brenau University (MEd and Ed.S), as well as earning her educational leadership certification from Valdosta State University. She has served in her current administrative position at Harlem Middle School since 2016. Before taking on a role in educational leadership, Ms. Leatherwood was a middle school teacher from 1997-2016 working at three different middle schools and one elementary school in Georgia.

Ms. Leatherwood was presented with the NAESP award during a surprise ceremony at the school Tuesday, April 16, which was attended by her family and Dr. Bob Heaberlin, Executive Director of GAMSP, presented the award. In addition to this recognition, Ms. Leatherwood was recently approved as the new incoming Principal for Harlem Middle School beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

“I would like to thank the committee of NAESP, GAMSP, and GAEL members for selecting me as the National Outstanding Assistant Principal for the state of Georgia,” said Ms. Leatherwood. “These organizations have given me an opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills to better support our school and students. I am humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious award! It is truly a blessing to serve and represent Georgia, Columbia County, and Harlem Middle in Spokane, Washington!”

Please join us in our celebration and congratulation for Ms. Leatherwood’s Recognition as a 2019 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal!
 
ABOUT GAMSP
Since 1978, the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals has served as Georgia’s professional middle grades educational leadership association and now represents over 600 middle level principals and assistant principals throughout the state. In addition to being an affiliate of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, GAMSP maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 20,000 educational leader members worldwide.