Leadership is creating an inspiring vision of the future, engaging others to own the vision, and working together to craft it into reality. School and district leaders are second only to classroom teachers in their impact on student learning.
Each year, Alabama ASCD recognizes leaders in education in our state who have provided remarkable leadership in their schools and districts. First, we honor those who are in the early years of their educational careers and have distinguished themselves as leaders. At the CLAS conference in June, Mr. Kyle Pinckard of Opelika City Schools received the AASCD Emerging Leader Award. Pinckard has served as
the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator and Career Tech Director for Opelika City Schools for the past five years, after 10 years as a high school classroom teacher. He is credited with growing the Career Technical Education program during that time to include innovative programming in health sciences, engineering, information technology and culinary arts by securing several grants for funding these programs.
He was nominated by a former colleague who remarked on how quickly Pinckard gained the respect and admiration of his peers and the community through his ability to build strong relationships and his commitment to making the best decisions for students. Another supporter stated, “He challenges others to be their best,” with his strong blend of personal and professional qualities.