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Diane D. Gough
Hewitt Elementary School
Midway Independent School District
Hewitt, Texas

Diane Gough became the principal of Hewitt Elementary School in 2009. Since then, she has been able to turn HES into a model school with engaged students, involved parents, and firm community relationships. In her first year of leadership, Gough implemented the Rachel's Challenge program to encourage positive student behavior. HES also has a Kindness and Compassion Club, comprised of third and fourth graders, which recently won the National Philanthropy Day Award from McLennan County for its work in the community. Because of Gough's efforts, other schools in the district and beyond are now adopting similar models of kindness. Realizing that many parents are unable to attend traditional PTA meetings, Gough reaches out with online videos, breakfasts, and small group meetings to maintain communication with all families. By working with First Baptist Church, she was able to implement the Kids Hope USA program which now includes thirty-one mentors who provide support for at-risk students. Prior to her position at HES, Gough was an instructional technologist, an assistant principal, and the district's Director of Special Education. She is a member of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association and recently served as its Region 12 secretary. In 2010, she completed Raise Your Hand Texas's Harvard Leadership Program. She holds a B.S. from Baylor University, a Special Education Certification from Stephen F. Austin State University, and an M.Ed from Tarleton State University.