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53 Campuses Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools

53 Campuses Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools

By Flippen Group

7 years ago




Since 1990, campuses nationwide have experienced remarkable outcomes with Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes, creating the socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. Now, through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group is recognizing and celebrating schools that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students are relationally connected and eager to learn.

The Flippen Group has named the following campuses Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools for the 2016-2017 school year:

    1. Bagdad Elementary, Milton, Florida – Principal Daniel Baxley
    2. Camp Verde Middle School, Camp Verde, Arizona – Principal Danny Howe
    3. Challenger Intermediate School, Goddard, Kansas – Principal Jess Herbig
    4. Community Outreach Academy, McClellan, California – Principal Larissa Gonchar
    5. Conner Creek Academy East, Roseville, Michigan – Principal/Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith
    6. Country Meadows Elementary, Peoria, Arizona – Principal Val Barrett
    7. Crockett Elementary, Bryan, Texas – Principal Debi Ehrhardt
    8. Diane Patrick Elementary, Grand Prairie, Texas – Principal Matt Brown
    9. E.C. Mason Elementary, Manvel, Texas – Principal Renae Rives
    10. East Ridge Elementary, Sweetwater, Texas – Principal Vicki Mayberry
    11. Emery Elementary, Katy, Texas – Principal Michelle Merricks
    12. Forest North Elementary, Austin, Texas – Principal Amy Jacobs
    13. Fort Elementary, Royse City, Texas – Principal Danette Dodson
    14. Freeman Elementary, Haysville, Kansas – Dr. Donna Ferguson, Principal
    15. Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter, Wasilla, Alaska – Principal Jennifer Hutchins
    16. Gateway International School, Sacramento, California – Principal Joi Tikoi
    17. Goddard Middle School, Goddard, Kansas – Principal Lisa Hogarth
    18. Gower West Elementary, Willowbrook, Illinois – Principal Gina Rodewald
    19. Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Grand Prairie, Texas – Principal Maria Schell
    20. Haysville West Middle School, Haysville, Kansas – Principal Ildo Martins
    21. Jim Maples Academy, Porterville, California – Principal Mitzie Styles
    22. Johnson Elementary, Bryan, Texas – Principal Amy Newbold
    23. Jones Elementary, Bryan, Texas – Principal Linda Montoya
    24. Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design, Knightdale, North Carolina – Dr. James Argent, Principal
    25. Liberation Academy  – Dr. Audrey Sanders, Principal
    26. Liberty Middle School, Liberty, Texas – Principal Rhonda Smith
    27. Memminger School of Global Studies, Charleston, South Carolina – Dr. Abigail Woods, Principal
    28. Miss May Vernon Elementary, Fate, Texas – Principal Shannon Hayes
    29. Nelson Elementary, Haysville, Kansas – Principal Mike Mitchener
    30. Nevada Central Elementary, Nevada, Iowa – Principal Joel Fey
    31. New Temple Elementary, South El Monte, California – Principal John Gannon
    32. Oak Grove Elementary, Porterville, California – Principal Troy Hayes
    33. Ocotillo Elementary, Palmdale, California – Principal Larry Lueck
    34. O’Neal Elementary, Poplar Bluff, Missouri – Dr. Amy Dill, Principal
    35. Pine Grove School, Avon, Connecticut – Principal Jess Giannini
    36. Pioneer High School, Redding, California – Principal Els Prigmore
    37. Poplar Bluff Junior High School, Poplar Bluff, Missouri – Principal Bob Case
    38. Pray-Woodman Elementary, Maize, Kansas – Principal Nils Gabrielson
    39. R. B. Stall High School, North Charleston, South Carolina – Principal Jeremy Carrick
    40. Ruth Clark Elementary, Haysville, Kansas – Principal Carla Wulf
    41. Sacramento Academic & Vocational Academy, Sacramento, California – Principal Morri Elliott
    42. Sherrod Elementary, Palmer, Alaska – Principal Dan Michael
    43. Southeast Elementary, Sweetwater, Texas – Principal Peggy Elliott
    44. St. James Middle School, St. James, Missouri – Principal Kaaren Lepper
    45. Summit Charter Academy Lombardi Campus, Porterville, California – Principal Treasure Weisenberger
    46. Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater, Texas – Dr. Ron Morris, Principal
    47. Taft High School, Taft, Texas – Principal Angel Lopez
    48. Thunderbolt Middle School, Lake Havasu, Arizona – Principal Mari Jo Mulligan
    49. Turtle Bay School, Redding, California – Principal A.J. Anderson
    50. Union Hill Elementary, Round Rock, Texas – Principal Kimberly Connelly
    51. Vandagriff Elementary, Aledo, Texas – Principal Stephanie Covington
    52. Voigt Elementary, Round Rock, Texas – Principal Cheryl Hester
    53. Wasilla High School, Wasilla, Alaska – Principal Carol Boatman

Creating high-performing, self-managing classrooms is no easy task.

The typical classroom comprises twenty or more students with diverse family backgrounds and expectations for behavior, randomly assembled into a cohort and required to learn together. Too often, the impact of peer pressure and outside influences creates a classroom culture that passively or even actively resists learning.

Teachers are tasked with raising the bar on student performance while competing against social, environmental, and outside pressures as never before. While researchers and officials work to determine the most effective curricula, teachers struggle to manage their classrooms and meet both parents’ and administrators’ expectations.

How can today’s teacher transform a classroom from a disruptive, reactive environment into a place where put-downs and criticism dissipate, and students’ minds become actively engaged in learning?

The Flippen Group, a national professional development provider founded by Flip Flippen, believes what the research demonstrates – that students are most likely to succeed when they are emotionally safe and able to reconnect with their natural curiosity. Flippen Group processes provide educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to school. “Discipline problems nearly non-existent,” and “Academic achievement constantly improving,” are common feedback following implementation of the highly acclaimed Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes.

The Flippen Group believes these unsung education heroes, producing exemplary outcomes in schools and paving the way for other schools to follow, need and deserve recognition for a job well done. Please join us in congratulating and honoring these schools and their leaders for their dedication and commitment!

For more information about the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, contact:

Tanya Peterson
Flippen Group
Office Phone: 1-800-316-4311
Office Fax: 1-877-941-4700

Flippen Group

2 responses to "53 Campuses Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools"

  1. Randy Powell says:

    Of the 53 schools listed as Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools, what is the average, minimum and maximum student population? How many of these schools are charter schools? Private schools? Public schools? Of the public schools, how many are Title I schools?

    • Flippen Group says:

      Hello Randy!

      Thanks for your interest in Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools.

      Here are the numbers on the data points you inquired about:
      • Average Student Enrollment: 615
      • Minimum Student Enrollment: 164
      • Maximum Student Enrollment: 1715
      • # charter schools: 5
      • # private schools: 0
      • # public schools: 48
      • Of the 48 public schools, the # of Title I schools: 44

      Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information – 1-800-316-4311 or

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