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Class Act: Helena principal receives national award

HELENA – A Helena principal is receiving national recognition.

Susan Sweeney, Broadwater Elementary School’s principal, received the National Distinguished Principal Award.

The award is for North American elementary and middle school principals or administrators who help foster a foundation for lifelong learning in students.

The award recognizes principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staffs in their learning communities.

Sweeney has been the principal at Broadwater for nine years. Sweeney is also the Montessori administrator for the Helena School District.

At Broadwater Elementary she implemented “hello teams”, small groups who help mentor and understand student perspective for the entire time a student is at the school.

Last week, Sweeney was flown to Washington D.C along with other principals honored with the award.

“I can’t even tell you what it means to me it was just so special I didn’t know I was nominated- my staff had nominated, and it’s just overwhelming because there are so many colleagues of mine that deserve this award so it’s just super special,” said Sweeney.

According to the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the award was founded in 1984.

To learn more about Susan Sweeney click here.