Amie M. McCaw
Amie McCaw

Amie M. McCaw

Sunset Lake Elementary School
Vicksburg Community Schools
Vicksburg, Michigan
amccaw@vicksburgschools.org

Amie McCaw has served Vicksburg and Richland, Schoolcraft, and Vicksburg communities in Michigan as a teacher and an administrator since 1998 and has been principal of Sunset Lake Elementary School for the past five years. In her 13 years as principal, McCaw has proven adept at shifting school culture, building the leadership of others, and implementing multi-tiered systems of support that ground differentiated learning in data-based practices. A strong believer in the power of a student-centered leadership paradigm, McCaw has successfully implemented the Leader in Me philosophy in three districts, working closely with staff to secure the resources necessary to integrate LIM principles into the fabric of the school community. She has had similar success at all three districts creating and building on systems for teacher collaboration and data monitoring. At Sunset Lake, where strong multi-tiered support programming was already in place when she arrived, McCaw has focused on elevating teacher voice and autonomy to make these systems more flexible and responsive to better serve all students. At each school she has led, McCaw has strived to empower both teachers and family stakeholders to strengthen school and community, building leadership through school improvement committees and parent action teams. McCaw is a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University, where she previously earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership. She also holds a Teaching Certificate from Goshen College and a B.A. in Restaurant-Hotel Management from Purdue University.

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