Selected Middle School Principal-of-the-Year for 2007-08Michael Carbone, Principal of Kickemuit Middle School in Bristol-Warren for the past 15 years, has been named the Rhode Island Middle School Principal-of-the-Year.
tenure, Mr. Carbone
has worked collaboratively with his
school community to transform Kickemuit MS from low performing to high performing.His
efforts to develop a positive school culture that supports learning is evident in all areas of the school and recently resulted in the school being named a NELMS Spotlight School
is gifted in his
ability to bring the staff together to achieve the goals of the school improvement team and continue to address the needs of the middle level student population.He
staff to reach their greatest potential through coaching, observation and weekly learning walks.Mike
has developed a highly organized, dynamic leadership team and continues to encourage others to participate through internships and informal leadership opportunities."A teacher goes on to say "we love working for him, he
respects us and has high expectations for us and works with us to build a professional learning community." Mike Carbone is a principal who has "personalized" his school, and his style and personality have created a caring culture.
The supportive Middle School culture that exists at Kickemuit Middle School
is reciprocated by the support that the faculty, students and parents show for their principal.An 8th grade teachers says that "Since my very first day at Kickemuit Middle School
ten years ago, it has continually amazed me how many of our 950 students Mr. Carbone
knows by name!So often we hear about the value of "personalization" in our public schools.Mr. Carbone
was far ahead of the curve establishing personalization in this community." Mr. Carbone
will be honored at the RIASP General Membership Meeting on May 22nd at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick and again at the NASSP ceremony in Washington this fall and will compete for MetLife National Middle School Principal-of-the-Year award.