On April 15, 2020, the Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals recognized Dr. Amy Beck as the Kansas Division II Elementary School Principal of the Year. Dr. Beck has been the principal at Nemaha Central Elementary & Middle School, Seneca, for 19 years.
When asked the most challenging issues faced as a principal at NCEMS, she said, “The two most challenging things have been the school fire in 2007 and the Continuous Learning Plan that resulted because of COVID-19 this past year. However, while both situations disrupted the “traditional” school setting and created challenges, the NCEMS staff and community grew stronger as a result of these events. In both instances, we proved that adversity creates opportunity, growth, and strength.”
She shared that she felt that listening to other people to better understand their perspectives and to learn from them has attributed to the leadership skills that helped her earn this award. She said, “I put a strong emphasis on clear communication with all stakeholders, and I strive to base my decisions on what I believe is in the best interest of our students.”
She said her fondest memories of being a principal at NCEMS are too many to count! “My fondest memories”, she stated,” are always about our wonderful people and developing positive relationships with them. Over the years, I have developed some amazing relationships with staff members, our students, and parents. Truly, some of the things that I enjoy the most are the ‘little’ things like sitting with a student at lunch, greeting the children as they enter the building, and helping a student solve a problem.”
Because of the dedication and enthusiasm that Dr. Beck expresses for children’s educational experiences and her leadership skills as a supportive administrator, everyone at NCEMS congratulates Dr. Beck on a recognition well-deserved.