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Francis Howell’s Dr. Kandy Worley named Principal of the Year

By: Ellen Lampe


Dr. Kandy Worley

The St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals [SASSP] has named Saeger Middle Principal Dr. Kandy Worley the Middle School Principal of the Year.

“I invest a lot of time in my students and making students feel good about themselves and their school,” Worley said. “My parents know that I care about their children and their learning.”

Worley has established a positive and collaborative culture at Saeger, where teachers are part of a professional learning community [PLC]. At Saeger, PLC leadership is the norm and discussions about assessment data and student achievement occur regularly and influence next steps for instruction and student learning. This work has led to the continued improvement of Saeger’s MAP scores over the past three years.

Worley has worked to improve student success and improve the learning environment as well. She has created a culture where kids are loved, are comfortable and feel safe. 

“If I were to name or think of the one thing that makes me happy about what I do, it would be the kids. It is their laughter, smiles, their innocence and sometimes even their mischievous nature,” Worley said. “We have some of the best students and staff I have ever had the privilege to work with, and I am lucky to be the principal at Saeger Middle School.”

Worley has been a member of the Francis Howell school district for 23 years, working as a Spanish teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal in addition to her current position. 

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