Seaford principal nationally recognized by US Dept. of Education
SEAFORD, Del. – A local principal is one of ten educators being nationally recognized for her leadership and work with students. Frederick Douglass Elementary School Principal Carol Leveillee is receiving the Terrell H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership from the US Department of Education.
Leveillee says that she’s grateful for the award. She adds it took hard work, determination, and a love for her students – especially in the face of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think one of the things that I’ve tried to do is not lose sight of why I’m here everyday, and that’s for the kids. So whether they’re home or here, whether they’re part time or home full time, just giving them the best we possibly can,” said Leveillee.
But, Leveillee says the award should be shared with the whole school community because without them, she wouldn’t be able to do the work that she does. “It’s very gratifying, especially as big of a challenge that I took on six years ago. I think it’s like a payday for the whole school community. This isn’t all about me,” said Leveillee.
Leveillee also says that she encourages any young person who wants to be an educator to reach for their dreams. “It’s the best job in the whole wide world. I taught for eleven years and this is year 23 as principal. You couldn’t have two better jobs because you’re truly shaping the future,” said Levillee.
Leveille will be officialy honored in a virtual ceremony on November 12th.