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Leadership Helps Earn Wynne Principal of the Year Award
Jun 14 2017 - 03:53:00 pm

Under the dynamic principalship of LaToya Wynne, Epps Island Elementary sought and achieved new milestones over the last few years, and for her leadership, she was recently named the 2017 Klein ISD Elementary Principal of the Year.

“I am very thankful for that opportunity that my peers would recognize me,” said Wynne. “Sitting there I didn’t think they were talking about me until I heard her list of Krahn and Lemm elementary schools as well.”

Wynne’s success on improving the performance of students and building a team of educators relentlessly focused on student success is one of the many reasons she was selected by her colleagues as the Elementary Principal of the Year. In 2016 the staff at Epps Island earned their first-ever distinction with the state’s accountability system.

“I was not surprised one bit,” said Lemm principal Kathy Brown. “She has done such an outstanding job and the success that she has had at Epps Island and what she has afforded all of those children, and their success is just amazing.”

Wynne says that when she arrived at Epps Island she knew there was a challenge ahead of her, but as a team and a family, she and the staff rallied around the school’s fundamental purpose and that is what they lived through. 

“Everything we did was through the lens of what was best for our students,” said Wynne.

“One phrase that I learned from LaToya as soon as I got to Epps Island, and that is engrained in our minds, and the student’s mind is ‘Effort Beats Talent,’” said Maribel Scarbrough, current Epps Island principal.

In 2014, the Epps Island wellness program was awarded a grant to help fund the Trim Epps Island program designed to provide more than 800 students with valuable resources, programs and incentives to help improve their overall health and well-being. Also during her time at Epps Island, the school was awarded a Lead the Spark grant from the Klein ISD Education Foundation for its Kinesthetic Reading Lab in which third through fifth-grade students received stationary bikes that were attached to the desks so that they can bike while they read.

Also, Wynne was one of only 95 principals in the state selected to attend a summer leadership program at the Principal’s Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“She is a cheerleader for all of her students,” said Epps Island teacher Tasha James. “She is a cheerleader for her staff. Anytime we have a staff meeting or professional development; she gets you excited. Even if you are having a bad day, hearing her talk ignites that passion within you.”

Because of these leadership skills, Wynne was recently promoted to Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. Her responsibilities now include making an impact across all Klein ISD elementary campuses.
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