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March 5, 2009

Middle School Principal is honored by her peers

Gail Wold is still a young woman, and has yet many milestones to reach as Principal of Beulah Middle School. So she probably hasn’t reached the pinnacle of her career – but this has got to feel like it.

Friday afternoon 215 middle school students, faculty and staff filled the auditorium at BMS to celebrate Wold and her selection as North Dakota National Distinguished Principal of the Year.

The jazz band played. The faculty and staff stacked up a pyramid of building blocks, each inscribed with a component of how they viewed her character, referencing the "Pyramid of Interventions" that Wold developed for the students. The honors society did a number with giant flash cards that spelled out "Congratulations to You." Speech class did a skit "A Day in the life of Mrs. Wold," that followed a fictional Mrs. Wold through a day of heroic interaction with her charges. Student council children led a cheer: "We all know Mrs. Wold will do … WHAT (fifth grade), EVER (sixth grade), IT (seventh), TAKES (eighth)." The choir sang. All of this was set up and arranged as a surprise.

"Of all the traits they put (in the pyramid) I’m glad they didn’t put observant," she told the audience. "How you managed to set this all up without me knowing."

Wold received the honor Feb. 19 at the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principal’s Mid-Winter Conference. She was selected out of a pool of eight Regional distinguished Principals of the Year.

"It was quite nice. There’s an awards ceremony, it’s the last thing we do at the conference," Wold said. "That room was full of people whose work I respect. When you turn around and see that they’ve honored you … it’s very humbling."

In October Wold and the award winners from the other 49 states will be invited to a black-tie reception hosted by the United States Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principa

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