Dimond High School Assistant Principal Patricia Walker selected as 2012 Alaska Assistant Principal of the Year
The Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals has selected Patricia Walker, Assistant Principal of Dimond High School as Alaska Assistant Principal of the Year for 2011-12. This honor means that Walker is now eligible for consideration as a candidate for the 2012 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year recognition.
Walker will attend a three-day Assistant Principal Recognition program in Washington, D.C. April 18-21 where all state Assistant Principals of the Year will advocate for education on Capitol Hill, participate in professional development activities, network with peers and share their expertise among national leaders in education.
Walker received her B.S. in Business Administration and Distributive Education in 1980 from Montana State University - Bozeman and her M.Ed in Public School Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1989. Walker is a member of the Anchorage Principals Association, the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
A third generation teacher, Walker is a lifelong Alaska educator, beginning her career in 1980 as a teacher at Newhalen School in the Lake and Peninsula School District in Alaska. She moved to the Anchorage School District in 1984 teaching Business Principles, Marketing and DECA at East High School, then at Dimond HS (1989-98) before being named Assistant Principal for Student Services at Chugiak HS (1998-2001). Walker has served as Assistant Principal at multiple other ASD schools for the past 13 years including King Career Center (2001-03), Chugiak HS (2003-04), South Anchorage HS (2004-09) and her current assignment as Activities AP at Dimond HS (2009-12).
Alaska Assistant Principal of the Year recognition is based on performance of outstanding leadership for providing high-quality learning opportunities for students. State honorees are selected based on how well they have demonstrated leadership excellence in four areas of the NASSP Breaking Ranks Framework: Personal Excellence, Collaborative Leadership, Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment, and Personalization. Walker's variety of experiences as an Assistant Principal provided evidence of achievement in the four areas of the framework.
Walker has received numerous awards and honors, including the Denali Award in 2007, ASD's highest honor for exemplary service. Walker was selected as Region IV Assistant Principal of the Year in 2011. Walker has served as a mentor to new assistant principals and interns, and has continued her professional growth in areas of positive youth development, Security and Emergency Preparedness, and other leadership areas.
Walker cites her commitment to personal excellence, lifelong learning and professional development as key to her success. Walker establishes and high standards for herself, students, staff and cited the importance of providing service and support to others, and reaching out to community, as key to providing successful experiences for students.
Walker is described by her principal Cheryl Guyett as a tireless advocate for students and an exemplar of professional standards. Others describe Pat as hardworking, focused, dedicated, diligent, helpful, caring and compassionate. Walker collaborates well with students, coaches, staff, parents and community groups in her role as Activities Principal.Pat is a "walkabout" administrator, who has a passion for kids and uses her quick wit and humor to engage with students in daily conversations about their goals, achievements, progress and challenges.