Eric Sacco

Eric J. Sacco

Clifton-Clyde Grade and Middle School
Clifton-Clyde USD 224
Clifton, Kansas

Following a decade of service as a 4th grade teacher, Eric Sacco has served as principal of Clifton-Clyde Grade and Middle Schools since 2011. Driven to cultivate a positive professional and learning atmosphere, Sacco focuses his energy on building strong relationships, modeling collaboration and lifelong learning, and supporting teachers and staff in establishing shared goals and identifying the steps necessary to realize them. Taking on this facilitator role has allowed Sacco to develop his team’s ability to regularly assess the needs of the school’s small, dynamic, rural population while working to fulfill the goal of “meeting students where they are at academically.” This work has led to the implementation of PLCs, expanded counseling services, and the introduction of new literacy, afterschool, and positive behavior programming. Sacco has worked to ensure that the staff involved in implementing these programs have also played a role in envisioning and developing them, and he has worked tirelessly to establish strong community relationships to ensure support for each program’s success. Sacco is an accomplished professional development leader; he has led several multi-district professional development workshops, facilitated conversations via Twitter, and supported the growth of new principals as a mentor. Last school year, Eric served as president of the Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bethany College and a Master’s degree from Baker University