Lawhon principal awarded top honor

TUPELO – Lawhon Elementary’s Christy Carroll has been named Tupelo Public School’s Administrator of the Year.
Carroll is in her second year of leading the east Tupelo school. She was selected for the award by her peers on the district’s administrative council.
The Tupelo School Board of Trustees recognized her at its Tuesday meeting.
“I am completely humbled,” Carroll said. “The Tupelo Public School District has an awesome group of administrators that I consider my role models.”
The award also recognizes the hard work of the Lawhon staff, Carroll said.
“You can’t do this alone,” Carroll said. “I have the most dedicated staff imaginable. … Teachers are the people who make the difference.”
Lawhon Elementary staff members said Carroll has high expectations for her staff and students, but is always fair and supportive.
“She’s the kind of principal you dream of working for,” said Janice Garrett, Lawhon media specialist.
The Corinth native, who is also a national board certified teacher, was an elementary classroom instructor for 14 years at schools in Verona and Saltillo before becoming a principal.
Including her student teaching, she has taught every grade from kindergarten to fifth grade.
“My experiences as a teacher let me make a difference as a principal for teachers and students,” Carroll said.
The Tupelo district’s dedication to professional development has fostered her development as an administrator.
“I have grown so much,” Carroll said. “I really love my job … It is an awesome place to be for educators and children.”
Because the State Department of Education has already chosen the state administrator of the year, Carroll will not compete for the state honor.
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