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Locust Grove Middle principal named best in state

Locust Grove Middle School Principal Kim Crandall has been named as the Master in the Middle Educator of the Year for 2014 by the Virginia Middle School Association.

Crandall has been principal at the school on Flat Run Road since it opened in 2011. She was nominated for the award by several of her teachers, who described her as “an indefatigable force for her students and staff at Locust Grove Middle School.”

When she first arrived at the school, the teachers explained, “It was immediately clear that we had a leader with a vision for how to encourage and enable students to be successful learners and contributing members of their school and community.”

One student, endorsing her nomination, commented, “Mrs. Crandall isn’t only a great principal because she listens, but also she takes the feedback and makes the school a more enjoyable place.”

According to the Virginia Middle School Association, the award recognizes educators who serve in roles other than as classroom teachers who have demonstrated a devotion to working with young adolescents and have demonstrated a commitment to best middle level practices.

Crandall received a bachelor’s degree in English from Anderson University in Indiana and a master’s in Women’s Studies from Harvard University. She received an endorsement in administration and supervision from George Mason University in 2007.

Orange County Director of Secondary Instruction Linda Carlton describes Crandall as someone who “has an absolute belief in children, an absolute belief that they can succeed, and an absolute belief in her teachers—that they too can succeed.”

Crandall will, along with co-recipient Ashley Harper of J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in Loudoun County, receive the award at the VMSA annual conference Oct. 24 at James Madison University.

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