Lura Jo Atherly, principal at Jardine STEM and Career Exploration Magnet Middle School, has been named Region VII Principal of the Year by Magnet Schools of America. The award recognizes magnet school principals in eight regions across the country who have demonstrated a strong commitment to learning opportunities through themed-based education, while setting high expectations for students and staff. She is in the running for the National Magnet School Principal of the Year.
“I’m honored. But it’s not about me. It’s about my teachers and my team doing such great work to make Jardine the amazing school that it is,” Atherly said. “It’s a privilege not only to work here at Jardine, but to be a part of the Wichita Public Schools.”
Atherly will be recognized during the Magnet Schools of America’s National Conference in Miami in May. During the conference, the National Magnet School Principal of the Year will be announced.