Here at Indianapolis Public Schools we know we have a roster of inspiring leaders in our school principals, but it’s always exciting to see their dedication to community service through leadership recognized by others! We are so proud of Joyce Akridge, Principal of Carl Wilde School 79, who received the Governor’s Award for Achievement in Education at the Indiana Black Expo, Inc. Summer Celebration.

Governor Mike Pence hosted a reception honoring 10 Indiana citizens who exemplify the Hoosier spirit. “Their tireless efforts and dedication to their respective communities and this great Hoosier state deserve our utmost gratitude and respect,” said Governor Pence.

Akridge received the Governor’s Award for Achievement in Civic Leadership: Education for her commitment to student success at Carl Wilde. Her dedication to addressing the needs of her community is inspiring to the staff and families of Carl Wilde.

A few years ago, Akridge noticed a trend in the Carl Wilde neighborhood. A community that once had very few English Language Learners saw a big increase in families from outside of the United States, and Akridge took action to ensure her students received every possible resource needed for success in school. Not only did she encourage English as a Second Language (ESL) training for her staff, but she received ESL certification herself along the way!

Under her leadership, Carl Wilde has received an “A” rating in the state’s accountability grades for the last four years.

We are honored to have caring, committed school administrators in IPS; they’re among the many reasons we’re proud to be public! Please join us in congratulating Joyce Akridge on this wonderful recognition of her service to our students!