Perrymont Principal Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education

Perrymont Elementary School Principal Karen Nelson was honored on October 26, 2017 at the Virginia Governor’s Mansion for receiving the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education.

There were five categories and a total of 13 recipients of the award. Mrs. Nelson and Perrymont were one of two schools in the state recognized in the category of “Closing the Achievement Gap.” The program acknowledged her for leading “dramatic academic improvement over the last few years.” Mrs. Nelson was nominated by her teachers and was chosen by the governor’s office to receive the award out of more than 100 considerations around the state.

"It was like a dream to be able to represent my amazing teachers and staff at the Governor's Mansion,” said Mrs. Nelson. “I am so proud of all that we have accomplished here at Perrymont. We couldn't do it without the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff, students, parents, and community!" 

Interim Superintendent Larry Massie continues to praise Mrs. Nelson for her efforts. “This award is certainly well-deserved! For a principal to be nominated by those who know her best—her teachers—and to be chosen by the governor among so many great educators across the State of Virginia is quite an accomplishment.” Dr. Massie added that “We are especially proud of this recognition in the area of closing the achievement gap, which has been a focus across the division and the state of Virginia.”

Principal Karen Nelson with Perrymont staff and Governor McAuliffe at the Governor's MansionPerrymont Elementary School principal Karen Nelson (center) was honored at the inaugural Governor’s Awards. Pictured with members of her faculty and Governor Terry McAuliffe.
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