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Named Massachusetts Elementary School Principal of the Year

LENOX, Mass. – Principal Brenda Kelley of Morris Elementary in Lenox was named Massachusetts Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA).


What you need to know

  • Principal Brenda Kelley was named Massachusetts Elementary School Principal of the Year
  • She was chosen because of her work with the school and support of students and staff
  • Includes positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS)
  • Kelley will be recognized by the MSAA in July

“I believe it is truly an honor for my school and the school community as we all work together to ensure our students have the best possible learning experience they can have at Morris Elementary School,” Kelley said.

She was chosen because of her work for the school and her support of students and staff. Many colleagues made comments on her behalf emphasizing how much they admired her work.

“Mrs. Kelley was just such a wonderful leader that I would follow her anywhere,” said Jessica Bazinet, second grade teacher at Morris Elementary. “She really gives the teachers a lot of opportunities and we feel really supported, we have a lot here great teachers with really great innovations.” And she's always very supportive and always wants the children to excel. And she's always in the middle of the classrooms visiting the children, smiling with them and loving them, so it's easy “It’s a wonderful community that you can feel part of.”

She says some of her proudest accomplishments have been incorporating positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), which she says promotes a positive learning environment.

She was also behind a grant for her book vending machine.

Each week she gives out certificates to students selected for their positive behavior, and they get to choose a book from the vending machine.

And she is currently working on building a new schoolyard for her students.

“I asked the students to fill out a card with their recommendations of what they would like to see in their playground. So we have everything from little wall climbers to slides and all sorts of things that are in a playground,” said Principal Kelley.

She has received many congratulations from staff, students and even former students who remember the impact she made during her time with her.

Kelley knows how hard it is to be a principal and acknowledges all of her school colleagues during this time of the school year.

“To all my fellow principals out there, I am with you in the long days ahead until we end the school year,” Kelley said. “But it’s also a joyful time of year because you’re all watching. Students are thriving and seeing how successful they’ve been throughout the school year.”

Kelley will be recognized by the MSAA in July and will also receive an award at Morris Elementary.

Anna Harden

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