Terry L. Hurlburt
Brookview Elementary School
Waukee Community School District
West Des Moines, Iowa

Terry Hurlburt invites his entire school staff and their families to his home each year for a social gathering. This is one example of how he works to build trusting relationships with teachers. He says these relationships create a shared sense of responsibility for student performance and achievement. “There is an old adage that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” says Hurlburt. “I am a firm believer in this philosophy.” He has been principal of Brookview Elementary since 2006. The suburban kindergarten through grade 5 school serves 651 students. During his tenure, scores on standardized tests in reading and math have shown steady gains. Students achieving at advanced levels jumped from an average of 26 percent to 54 percent. In reading, those at advanced levels increased from an average of 23 percent to 37 percent. Hurlburt’s leadership also has resulted in decreases in student disciplinary incidents at the school. This improvement trend followed the introduction of a program that systematically teaches behavioral expectations, recognizes positive behaviors, and provides further support to some students. Hurlburt also promotes continuous staff development. Teachers engage in weekly professional learning activities, regularly receive training, and participate in summer book clubs focused on professional literature. He holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.Ed. from Drake University in Iowa.