Rachel Montgomery was nominated by a colleague, Denise Funston.
Ms. Montgomery is one of the fiercest advocates for children that one could ever meet. As an assistant principal at Windsor High School, she is known for being firm but fair. She has high expectations for all her students and will do whatever she can to help them reach the top. Students consistently come back to visit her, and often keep in touch throughout their young adult lives, seeking advice or even just to catch up.
She worked with her school to help them become a National School of Character. This is an amazing accomplishment and something that was not easily obtained! Ms. Montgomery and her colleagues worked with staff, students, and community members to highlight their effective practices and to implement new practices that would improve their school culture, climate, and academic achievement. She also helped Windsor High School earn two Promising Practices awards.
Windsor High School was recognized as a 2017 Magna 1st Place recipient for their innovative Owl Time program. Ms. Montgomery worked tirelessly with other administrators to create this student-centered program.
"Rachel is a person of integrity, and that means more than all of the awards, combined. She is trustworthy and honest. This combination allows her to thrive when having tough conversations with people," Funston said. "When Rachel gives her word, you know that it is worth as much as a signed contract. She is the epitome of a LifeChanger. I can think of no one more worthy of receive this award."