Tad M. Hatfield
Tim Hatfield

Tad Hatfield has served families in eastern Kansas for the last 13 years. As principal of Andale Elementary for the last seven, Hatfield builds on his experience teaching Physical Education and Health to ensure that the school exudes a family atmosphere while maintaining a culture of high expectations. A passionate advocate of 21st Century learning, Hatfield has introduced a Maker Space, online learning, and an i-Ready curriculum, while creating support systems for teachers to implement new methodologies. A fellow administrator comments on his “wide range of emotional availability,” demonstrated in his ability to balance the role of building disciplinarian with offering empathy and counsel to students in need. This openness extends to his communication with his colleagues. Ever committed to mentorship and reflection, Hatfield maintains a daily presence in the classroom and guarantees bi-weekly meetings with every teacher to discuss challenges, brainstorm solutions, and chart the course for individualized professional development. Because Andale is a K-8 school, creating a strong building-wide culture has proven challenging and essential. To broaden each student’s network of support, Hatfield has led the implementation of “Falcon Families” at Andale, strategically grouping students across grade levels to ensure access to positive relationships necessary for success. Hatfield holds a dual B.A. in Health and Physical Education as well as a Building Leadership degree from Emporia State University.

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