Madison Heights Principal Selected from 964 Principals as Semi-Finalist in Exemplary Principal Program

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Priscilla Gossett, principal of Madison Heights Elementary School, has been named a semi-finalist in this year’s Maricopa County Exemplary Principal program. Selected from 964 school principals in Maricopa County, Gossett’s semi-finalist selection has been determined by achievement data, superintendent recommendations and feedback from teachers. 

 The program is conducted by the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) and is designed to award recognition to outstanding principals making measurable differences in the lives of students, staff and their local communities. 

In a notification letter to Gossett, Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson said, “Your leadership is distinguished by your accomplishment of significantly improving student learning, retaining teachers, and cultivating a collaborative culture of high expectation.”

Superintendent of Madison Schools, Dr. Quinn Kellis agreed, “Principal Gossett is an outstanding leader that inspires her students and partners with Heights’ dedicated teachers and involved parents to create a dynamic learning environment unlike any in the state. Together they ensure each student has the opportunity to develop their talents and strengthen their academic foundation.”

 Gossett is now invited to participate in the third phase of the selection process of a video-conference interview. If selected for the final round, Gossett will host a final school visit before the concluding selections are made.

“I am honored to be a semi-finalist in such a wonderful program that helps empower principals to lead and guide their schools in an environment of continuous improvement,” said Gossett. “Education is something I have devoted my life and career to and to be recognized for doing something I love is a great privilege.”

This is the third year that MCESA has conducted the Exemplary Principals program based on the importance of recognizing and developing Arizona’s top school leaders. Eight Exemplary Principals per year have been selected since 2016. The program includes Exemplary Principals mentoring Aspiring Principals over a one-year period. It incorporates seminars that help cultivate strategies and tactics required for leading effective schools in Ariz. combined with a network of support with other experienced leaders.

Madison Heights is an elementary school located within the Madison School District in Phoenix, Ariz. It is home to two signature programs for the Madison School District – Spanish Immersion and REACH-Highly Gifted. Madison Heights has been continually rated an “A” school.

About Madison Elementary School District

For more than 125 years, Madison Elementary School District (Madison Schools) has been one of the top elementary school districts in the state with its eight schools consistently earning high honors. Founded in 1890, Madison Schools serves approximately 5,800 students in the heart of Phoenix from 32nd Street to 7th Avenue and between Indian School and Northern. Five of its schools are in the top 10 Phoenix public elementary schools through AzMerit scores and nearly 50 percent of its students come from outside the District. This means nearly 2,800 families choose a Madison Schools education over their neighborhood school.

The district has been recognized locally and nationally for its outstanding “signature” educational programs including the International Baccalaureate program, Spanish Immersion, REACH program, Visual and Performing Arts, Traditional curriculum, and Spanish Fluency.

The Madison School District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act Title VII of 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Madison School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment or in any of its educational programs or in the provisions of benefits and services to students.

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