Educational Leadership

Educational leadership graduate is IL elementary principal of year  

Kim Lisanby-Barber ED-Sp ‘07, principal of Spring Valley, IL, Lincoln School, was recently named the Illinois Elementary Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principal Association. Lisanby-Barber completed her educational specialist degree in Western’s educational leadership program in 2007.

According to an article in the Feb. 20 edition of the LaSalle (IL)-based “News Tribune,” Lisanby-Barber’s “hard work earned [her] the respect of her peers.” She will receive her award in October at the Peoria Civic Center.

 “Also in October, she will learn whether she has been named Principal of the Year on the national level,” noted the article’s author, Allison Ryan.

Ryan’s article, “Valley principal wins top state honor,” continued: “Nominating Lisanby-Barber, three district employees sent letters of recommendation…. One of those was written by Esmeralda Harris, a speech pathologist assistant and pre-kindergarten parent coordinator at Lincoln School. For Harris, Lisanby-Barber stands out in the way she treats teachers and staff. ‘She’s very intelligent and she knows her staff very well,’ Harris said. ‘Aside from being very involved with the children and things such as the PTO, she’s very involved in committees and the community, and she’s very involved and up to date with things around the state,’ Harris said.”

 According to Ryan’s article, District 99 Superintendent Jim Hermes also wrote in support of Lisanby-Barber. “To describe her in a word, he said she is ‘dedicated,’ ‘to the children, to her district and to her family.’… ‘Looking at the curriculum and special education and the amount of work she puts in those areas…Kim has played a major role in every change the district has made over the past 15 years,’ Hermes said.”