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Laurie K. King
Crestline Elementary School
Mountain Brook City Schools
Mountain Brook, Alabama
kingl@mtnbrook.k12.al.us


In her five years as principal at Crestline Elementary School, Laurie King has helped to build a “Crestline family” committed to strong relationships, an opportunity-driven learning environment, and continuous innovation. In 2013, King demonstrated the value of supportive relationships when she spearheaded a fundraising effort for Crestline's head custodian who had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. King credits high parental involvement—including a PTO with fifty committees—for contributing to Crestline's success. “At any given time,” King says, “we may have twenty-five to fifty parents in the building.” King also strives to create a challenging learning environment by providing numerous professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Ongoing initiatives include Crestline's Staff Development Committee, which funds trips to conferences and workshops, and the Planning Team, which focuses on individual teaching needs. Furthermore, King is devoted to innovative practices designed to prepare students for the 21st century workforce. She recently implemented an Exploration period and gave a team of fifth and sixth graders the chance to build a robot through the BEST Robotics program at University of Alabama, Birmingham. King is the recipient of the 2014 Leadership Award from the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools. She holds a B.S. from Auburn University as well as a Master's in Special Education, a Reading Certification, and an Administration Certification from University of Alabama, Birmingham.