by: RITA A. LEONARD - Creston Elementary School Principal Conrad Hurdle was recently recognized by the Portland Public Schools as their Principal of the Year. Creston Elementary School Principal Conrad Hurdle arrived to lead this K-8 public school as one of six new principals assigned to Inner Southeast schools in the fall of 2013, as reported in THE BEE at the time.

After a successful year establishing new ties between school and community, Hurdle was honored at a Volunteer Recognition Dinner May 20 by School Superintendent Carole Smith – receiving an award as “Principal of the Year”.

Hurdle started out fifteen years ago as a 3rd-4th Grade teacher, but by now has over ten years’ experience as an administrator in the Portland Public Schools. He has long supported a collaborative approach to education, by addressing the needs and input of both schools and community. At his former school he brought in extra programs such as The Right Brain Initiative, “Tools For School”, and SMART (“Start Making a Reader Today”), to enrich students’ educational experiences.

In his brief time at Creston so far, Hurdle has overseen a highly successful book drive –the Children's Book Harvest – in partnership with the community and the PTA, to offer free, dynamic, and engaging literature to every student. He also supervised Creston's first Holiday Bazaar last November, to help raise funds for classroom and playground equipment. This event, which involved a variety of crafters and other fundraising groups, developed strong connections with the community.

Clearly, Principal Conrad Hurdle has already made his mark at Creston School, leading to his recent recognition by the Portland Public Schools as their Principal of the Year.

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