Haleiwa Principal Named One of America’s Best
Time to add another jewel to Haleiwa Elementary School’s crown.
After being named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2014, Haleiwa principal Malaea Wetzel has been selected as Hawaii’s 2015 National Distinguished Principal.
John Brummel, complex area superintendent for Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua, noted Haleiwa’s impressive student achievement gains under Wetzel’s leadership.
Wetzel became principal in 2009, when reading proficiency was at 77 percent and math was at 64 percent. The following year, scores shot up to 92 percent in read- ing and 99 percent in math.
The school has been able to maintain those high scores ever since.
“In four of the five years that she was principal, Haleiwa Elementary had the highest math scores in the state at an elementary school,” said Brummel.
“Malaea takes a team approach in making decisions based upon data. She is very effective in using data and knowing when to give kids extra support. It’s a mark of a great leader when you know how to use the resources that you have effectively.”
In accepting the honor, Wetzel shared a deep appreciation for the work of many.
“There’s no way I would be up here without my faculty, staff and family making me look good,” she said.
National Distinguished Principals (NDP) program honors outstanding elementary and middle school administrators.
NDP was established in 1984 to recognize principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staffs in their learning communities.
The program is adminis- tered locally by Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association. Wetzel will be recognized along with other state winners Oct. 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C.
The event includes a U.S. Department of State reception, opportunities to discuss issues facing education today, and a black-tie awards dinner and dance.