Dana M. McCauley
Crellin Elementary School
Garrett County School District
Oakland, Maryland

Dana M. McCauleyDana McCauley describes her school leadership role as one in which she “coordinates and monitors an instructional program that guides students to achieve and sustain academic success.” Under her guidance, her elementary school last year won recognition as a National Title I Distinguished School. McCauley became principal of Crellin Elementary in 2002. She has inspired the development of a culture at the rural school in which character education is part of daily routines. Her success in this endeavor earned Crellin Elementary the distinction of receiving the Ernest L. Boyer Best Practices in Character Education Award in 2008. In leading her community to build a history-themed school playground while also coordinating a stream restoration project, McCauley organized the Crellin Community Corps of Discovery. Composed of school staff members, students, community members, and representatives of agencies and organizations, the Corps seeks to engage students in meaningful learning opportunities. Its efforts have resulted in the creation of an outdoor classroom for Crellin Elementary’s 84 students. This five-and-a-half-acre learning site is the Crellin Environmental Education Laboratory. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded McCauley’s school the President’s Environmental Youth Award in 2007. In addition, the Maryland Association of Environment Outdoor Education named Crellin Elementary a Maryland Green School. McCauley holds a B.S. and an M.Ed. from Frostburg University in Maryland and an Ed.D. from West Virginia University.