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Lois B. Costa
Adeline C. Marston School
Hampton School District
Hampton, New Hampshire

The effectiveness of Principal Lois B. Costa’s strategy of setting a single goal each year and continuing to raise the bar is reflected in the numerous recognitions and achievements garnered by Adeline C. Marston School under her leadership. In 2014, the grade three through five, 420-student school was named one of only fifty-three national Title I Distinguished Schools based on success in closing achievement gaps. To support struggling learners, Costa invited the district social worker to join the school improvement team to identify ways to help kids from families in crisis. The social worker and teachers worked collaboratively to reach out to parents and develop student success plans, and Costa has sustained this support by motivating teachers to become volunteer mentors. Costa’s efforts to grow student achievement overall was also recognized in 2013 when Marston was named a Reward School by the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education. Based on growth from state benchmark tests, Marston was one of eight selected from over 240 Title I schools in the state. With RTI front and center, the school schedule allows for collaboration through common planning time, grade level lunches, staff meetings, in-service days, and a special bus schedule that accommodates after school tutoring. Marston has also been named an Elementary School of Excellence by New Hampshire Excellence in Education for its community partnerships and a Blue Ribbon School by Partners in Education for its strong parent outreach programs. Costa holds a B.S. and an M.A. in Education from the University of New Hampshire, an Ed. in Administration from River College, and is currently an Ed.D. candidate at Southern New Hampshire University.