Principal Appreciation Month flyer

Washington Elementary recognizes October as National School Principals Month. 

Each October, National Principals Month recognizes principals’ essential role in making a school great. We are thankful for our outstanding Fayetteville Public School District's principals who make a difference in the lives of students and staff members every day.

Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized, individuals in education.

Principals set the academic tone for their schools; their vision, dedication, and determination provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.

Principals are visionaries who work hard to build a progressive learning environment. They set the academic foundation to create the best educational framework for students. So, it’s important that we celebrate them!

Washington Elementary has a new principal this year.   

Claire Garrett replaces Ashley McLarty at Washington Elementary. Ms. McLarty retired after 27 years with the district. 

Read on to find out MORE about Mrs. Garrett!!

Q: What would students and parents be surprised to find out about you?
A: I spent a summer in Australia with the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Q: What is one of your favorite go-to feel-good movies? 
A: My favorite go-to feel-good movie is "Mary Poppins"!

Q: What is your favorite memory as a principal so far? 
A: Making connections with all students and staff at Washington.

Q: What is your favorite dish from the cafeteria?
A: Edamame Salad!

Q: If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share? 
A: Become a listener. When you listen, you fill your mind and grow your learning.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
A: New Zealand - again!!

Q: Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
A: "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." ~William James

Mrs. Garrett has served as assistant principal at Root Elementary School since 2017. She previously served as a special services designee and as a special education paraprofessional. Garrett received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

Creative ways you can celebrate National School Principals Month:

1.  Video record a thank you message and email it to her.

2.  Give a shout out or create a fun meme on social media.   

3. Gifts are always a great way to honor someone. Students, teachers or parents can give a small gift as a token of appreciation to their principals.  DIY gifts are great gifts and you can show your imagination and appreciation by personalizing a coffee mug, cookie jar, clipboard, an umbrella, etc. 

4.  Write her a poem.

5.  Write a simple thank you note.