Michelle L. CarvalhoMichelle L. Carvalho
Nottingham School
Nottingham School District
Nottingham, New Hampshire

“I have tried to put into place and/or improve systems that fundamentally support student achievement and that ensure that staff have an integral part in this process,” says Michelle Carvalho. Carvalho has been principal of Nottingham School since 2005. Carvalho has engaged school staff members in leadership roles on curriculum committees and other initiatives to ensure their deep involvement in school decision making. This has promoted and sustained schoolwide improvements. For example, teachers and other staff members have researched and improved procedures for assessing student academic progress and providing interventions to struggling learners. The process through which the Child Study Team supports learning has been revised to help all students, not just those with academic or behavior problems. Carvalho also has focused on engaging the wider community, including the library and police and fire departments, in her rural K-8 school of 510. Under her leadership, the school’s volunteer program has expanded to include parents and community members sharing their talents to enrich children’s learning. As part of a literacy initiative, the school mails books to preschool-aged children in the community to build early literacy skills. During her previous principalship at Henry W. Moore School in Candia, New Hampshire, Carvalho obtained a federal grant to fund an alternate school suspension program. She earned a B.S. from Quincy College in Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Boston University.