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Lincoln Magnet School

300 South 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Mrs. Heyen wins award for Outstanding School Leadership

October 30, 2011

Next month on November 15 our very own Mrs. Nichole Heyen will receive the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership at the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony. Principals nominated for the Terrell Bell Award are school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools. They are principals who do whatever it takes to help their students meet high standards; and have demonstrated that they understand that when it comes to educating America’s children, failure, is not an option.

The panel recommendation had this to say about Mrs. Heyen and the prestigious award she will be receiving:

"A technology magnet school, Lincoln draws students by lottery from across its urban district. With nearly 40% of the school’s diverse students eligible for subsidized meals, Principal Nichole Heyen was determined to disprove assumptions about the achievements of disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. Student scores have risen more than 20% and achievement gaps have shrunk to under 6% in her five-year tenure.

One signature achievement has been raising funds and support for a one laptop per child program. Engaging parents, district officials, and local and national technology firms in securing laptops, Principal Heyen and her staff accommodated the changes universal access to computers brought by reconfiguring courses, aligning classes, and integrating curricula. Lincoln Magnet has been named an Apple Computer Distinguished School three years in a row.

She is tapped by superintendents and other principals as a resource on technology integration, curriculum integration, education research, and community outreach and frequently hosts learning visits by teachers, administrators, school board members, legislators, and community members at Lincoln Magnet.

Ms. Nichole Heyen is indeed an outstanding school leader who inspires, guides and sustains others; she is a leader willing to do whatever it takes to meet students’ needs. She demonstrates that with effective leadership and teaching and a conviction that all students can learn, schools can become powerful, joyful places that generate energy in their communities."

Congratulations to our principal, Mrs. Heyen!