Anthony M. StrangewayAnthony M. Strangeway
Sugar Creek Elementary School
School District of Southern Hancock County
New Palestine, Indiana

“The vast majority of my school day is spent interacting with students and my staff,” says Anthony Strangeway. “I feel that it is critical to build trust with staff, students, and parents.” Strangeway has been principal of Sugar Creek Elementary since 2000. Among his accomplishments, he has instituted an innovative schoolwide model for instructional grouping. Staff members carefully place each of the suburban K-5 school’s 654 students in homerooms and in flexible groups for lessons in core academic subjects based on data about their learning. The school’s use of these cluster groups is part of a study at Purdue University, where researchers developed the model. In more than 21 years as a principal, Strangeway has led three schools. In a former principalship in one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities, he started a year-round school program. The alternate calendar gave parents more choices. It also provided the district with a way to manage the tremendous growth in the student population. Beyond his school duties, Strangeway has been involved in an outreach program called Riley Kids Caring and Sharing for more than two decades. As state chairman for the initiative, he has helped raise millions of dollars to support clinical programs for sick children at Riley Children’s Hospital. Strangeway earned a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.A. from Ball State University.