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Thunderbolt Middle School Named A 2015-2016 Capturing Kids’ Hearts® Showcase Schools Nominee

Thunderbolt Middle School Named A 2015-2016 Capturing Kids’ Hearts® Showcase Schools Nominee

By Dr. Debbie Emery

9 years ago




Thunderbolt Middle School, in Arizona’s Lake Havasu Unified School District, was recently recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase Schools nominee for 2015-2016.

Read the full article here.

Thunderbolt began their initiative 5 years ago, transforming the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts, Thunderbolt has enjoyed decreased discipline referrals and increased attendance.

Congratulations to Thunderbolt faculty and staff for a job well done!



Dr. Debbie Emery

Dr. Debbie Emery is a Leadership Process Executive with Flippen Group and brings her passion for teaching, leading and coaching to our team as a trainer and consultant. Born and raised in Texas, she has served in public education for 30 years, the last seven as an associate superintendent in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, one of the largest districts in the country. As a campus principal and district administrator, she learned firsthand the difference Flippen processes could make for her team, and these experiences continue to help her coach others. She received both a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Houston. She also received a master’s degree in library science from Sam Houston State University, where she taught ‘The Role of the Principal’ to future administrators. Dr. Emery and her husband, Karl, live in Houston, Texas, and enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling to exciting places. She looks forward to spending time with the students and staff at Emery Elementary in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, a school named in her honor.

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