Annie Belle Clark Elementary School
Tift County School District
Dr. Stephanie Morrow has a long track record of effective leadership, most recently serving as principal of Annie Belle Clark Elementary School for the past nine years. Morrow takes a collaborative approach to school improvement; for example, along with district leadership, she engaged a broad set of community stakeholders in conversations about how elementary instruction can better prepare students for their future roles as workers and community members. This work has led to a strong focus on early literacy and the implementation of a tiered approach to guided reading, which has in turn yielded broad academic gains. Morrow’s approach is also responsive and strategic. When Annie Bell Clark Elementary was identified as a Focus School in 2012, she guided the school’s leadership in a rapid turnaround, with the school removed from the list in just one year. Morrow sees herself as a servant leader and values mutual trust and teamwork as bedrock elements of her professional growth and effectiveness. She is also a strong believer in the responsibility of principals to build the capacity and leadership of their staff and colleagues and is proud to have mentored two assistant principals who have gone on to assume higher leadership roles in the district. She holds an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, M.Ed. and Education Specialist degrees from Albany State University, and an undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University.