Debra Campbell, Bryan Elementary School Principal, received the 2016 Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award from the Alabama Association for Gifted Children (AAGC). The award was presented to Mrs. Campbell at the AAGC state conference. She was nominated for her exemplary contributions to gifted education by Bryan Elementary School’s Gifted Specialist Robin Brower, former Principal Karen White, parents and other teachers.
As an innovative administrator, Mrs. Campbell was one of the first in the state to implement cluster-grouping to meet the needs of the gifted students. Since 2006, Bryan Elementary has been a model for realistic cluster-grouped classrooms and other school systems use her work throughout the state. This structure serves the specific needs of the gifted students in which they learn, challenge and collaborate with peers of the same abilities intellectually as well as socially-emotionally.
Mrs. Campbell has been instrumental in supporting gifted education by maximizing every resource and opportunity for her gifted students and teacher. She is an "out of the box" thinker who knows the academic needs of her gifted students and assures those needs are met. She supports non-traditional field trips, projects, grants, and all requested resources to ensure success with her gifted students.
Her latest contribution to gifted education is the creation of the "STEAM Lab" in which the gifted teacher collaborates with the teachers to assist in challenging activities and projects and correlates the state standards in all content areas.
Pictured from left to right: AAGC President Gwendolyn Jones, Bryan Elementary School Principal and 2016 AAGC Outstanding Administrator of the Year Debra Campbell, and Bryan Elementary School Gifted Specialist Robin Brower.