Gina Naccarato-Keele

Gina Naccarato-Keele has served as principal at Linwood Elementary for ten years. Naccarato-Keele has ensured she and her staff live up to the school’s vision of high expectations and maximum student support by implementing PBIS and Restorative Practices, a Child Study Team that works to create differentiated support and interventions for struggling students, and a character-building program that helps students learn crucial emotional and social skills. A strong focus on putting systems and practices in place to help young learners succeed has resulted in 81% of first-grade students reading at the target level. Thanks to Naccarato-Keele’s focus on implementing data-driven supports in this diverse school with 70% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, Linwood students are outperforming schools with similar demographics 72% of the time in language arts and 67% of the time in math. In addition, Naccarato-Keele’s partnership with a local food bank and Gonzaga University’s business school has ensured that students in need can access a free bag of food to bring home each weekend. She has worked to establish a dedicated PTO, established a fruitful teaching partnership with a local art museum, and connected with local churches whose members volunteer daily. Naccarato-Keele’s supervisor praises her as a reflective and supportive leader whose dedication to student and staff success never wavers. Naccarato-Keele holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Eastern Washington University.