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Lee H. Esplin
Harriet Treem Elementary School
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada

Supporting the individual needs of all learners through customized models of intervention and growing the role of administrators as instructional leaders are among the chief contributions of Principal Lee H. Esplin to Harriet Treem Elementary School and Clark County schools district-wide. With an initial focus on Special Education, Esplin created and successfully transitioned several district schools from Pull Out to Full Inclusion models which increased test scores, standardized grading practices, and promoted collaboration between Special Education and General Education teachers. The Inclusion model also supports the full spectrum of Harriet Treem’s 825 kindergarten through fifth grade learners by providing an extra Special Education teacher, GATE teacher, and instructional assistant in every classroom. He has also set aside money in the budget to support before and after school tutoring and established classes around Scholastic’s Read 180, System 44, and other software to support struggling readers. School-wide, over 400 students participate in a monitored “daily brain workout” using Fast Forward software. Setting a new bar for instructional leadership, Esplin prioritized a focus on teacher effectiveness. He has done this by allocating daily blocks of time for observations, hiring instructional coaches to motivate and inspire teachers, and meeting regularly with coaches to review the instructional strengths and areas of need for staff members. As an advocate, leader, and communication liaison for more than 217 elementary school principals, Esplin directly influenced the addition of nearly fifty assistant principal positions to the district over the last two years. He holds a B.S. from Southern Utah University and an M.A. in Education Leadership from the University of Nevada.