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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 6, 2003

UI Grad Student Named Iowa Assistant Principal Of Year

Karla Grant, a graduate student in the University of Iowa College of Education's educational administration program, has been named Iowa's 2003-2004 Assistant Secondary Principal of the Year.

Grant, an assistant principal at Muscatine High School, was selected for the award by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) from among 15 semi-finalists representing all areas of the state.

"We are pleased to honor Karla Grant for her contributions as a quality leader in education," said Troyce Fisher, executive director of SAI. "We commend her for her work with at-risk students and her leadership in school improvement initiatives."

Grant will be recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals at its February conference in San Diego, during a special awards ceremony in May with Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, and in August at the SAI's awards banquet.

Grant credited the high school's staff and administration with playing a significant role in her success.

"I wish everyone who has supported me could be recognized as well," she said.

Muscatine High School Principal Dennis Heiman nominated Grant for the award.

"She does an excellent job and we're proud she's representing MHS," Heiman said. "We're hoping we can keep her here for a few years."

Grant, now in her second year at Muscatine High School, came to the district with 12 years of experience. Before arriving in Muscatine, Grant was a principal for grades seven to 12 at the Tri-County Community School District in Thornburg for two years. She also taught at the middle and high school levels as a behavioral disorder teacher.

"She's very deserving," said Tom Williams, superintendent of the Muscatine school district. "We're very lucky to have her here."

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