Instructional Leadership in Action

Stephanie Teel

Stephanie Teel is the principal of Onalaska Elementary Middle School in Onalaska, Washington. This is her third year at Onalaska and her fifth year as a principal. Before becoming a principal, she taught music and was a classroom teacher in preschool through sixth grade in both Washington and Texas. She is dedicated to working with staff to create an environment where all students feel safe and respected and where the learning time of all students is respected by all.
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How Onalaska Middle School Went From Lowest to Highest Performing in Three Years

by Stephanie Teel Nov 11, 2015

One of my favorite things to read or watch is a transformation story. You know, seeing the before and after pictures of a renovated home, weight loss, or a yard.

My school, Onalaska Middle School is a transformation story. But our before and after pictures are much different than the ones you are used to seeing.

In 2011, the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction identified Onalaska School District as part of a Required Action District, or RAD, because it was one of the consistently lowest performing schools in the state.

Obviously, this was not a good place to be in as a school and it was going to take a lot of work to improve.

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