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Marie E. Pratt
Blueberry Hill Elementary School
Longmeadow Public Schools
Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Praising her “deeply collaborative nature,” colleagues of Blueberry Hill Elementary School principal Marie E. Pratt also note her creative problem-solving abilities and generous dedication to work that benefits schools and educators far beyond her district’s boundaries.  Working collaboratively with other principals, Pratt spearheaded the establishment of the WIN system to effectively differentiate learning for every student and teacher.  Representing “what I need,” WIN is a flexible scheduling block that enables Blueberry Hill’s 484, kindergarten through fifth grade students to achieve at the highest levels through additional time and instruction in whatever they need, including remediation, reinforcement, or enrichment.   Teachers also work in teams that maximize their individual strengths, with Pratt actively participating in these communities of learning to discuss data and practices, problem-solve, and plan professional development.  Pratt also builds teacher capacity by encouraging staff to participate on district committees and to open their classrooms to conduct model lessons for colleagues.  Working closely with parents, Pratt writes a blog highlighting daily events and activities, leads an active PTO which organizes events to educate parents about Common Core and other initiatives, and runs Books for Bingo, a read-a-thon to raise money for a local inner city school.  Locally, Pratt is active in Math, Literacy, and Technology Committees, has served on a state-level Principal Evaluation Advisory Committee, and has represented American educators on an educational exchange of principals to China.  Pratt holds a B.A. from Elms College, an M.A. in Education from Springfield College, and a C.A.G.S. from American International College.