The 2024 Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Principal of the Year is Valerie Clark, head of Ernie Pyle School 90.
During a surprise announcement at the school on Monday, IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson described Clark as an unwavering beacon of dedication and leadership.
“Valerie’s tireless efforts in improving student test scores and fostering a dynamic work environment for her staff exemplify her commitment to education and the betterment of her school community,” Dr. Johnson said. “With her guidance, Ernie Pyle thrives as a place where both students and educators can reach their full potential.”
The IPS Principal of the Year Award recognizes those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. In presenting this award, IPS hopes to encourage excellence in school leadership and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the district.
Clark is an accomplished educator who has been serving IPS students and families for 28 years.
“The most rewarding aspect of being a principal is rewarding students for making growth,” she said. “Growing academically, socially, and behaviorally is just as important as being proficient on standardized tests.”
After earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from IUPUI, Clark went on to receive a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University where she also completed her Principal Licensure Program.
Clark was nominated for the award by Brynn Kardash, the Executive Director of School Supervision K-6.