Melinda K. Reeves
Principal, Decatur High School, Decatur, Texas, M.A. in Elementary Education, Texas Christian University
Nominee: Dee Tadlock
Joan Countryman retired in June 2005 after twelve years as Head of Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, a Quaker school for girls in grades kindergarten through twelve with co-educational infant and pre-school programs. Previously, she served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia where she taught mathematics from 1970 to 1993. She has also lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a consultant to the School District of Philadelphia. Her publications include Writing to Learn Mathematics (1992), “Is Gender an Issue in Math?” in Math and Science for Girls (1993), and Black Images in American Literature(1977).
Melinda Reeves, an educator with 18 years of school administration experience, has been Principal at Decatur High School (DHS) for the past nine years. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1974 from Texas Christian University (TCU) and a Master of Art in Elementary Education in 1982, also from TCU. She received mid-management certification in 1984.
Reeves has extensive credentials in Reading and Special Education. She and her staff transformed DHS from the Texas Education Agency rating of “low-performing” to “exemplary” and captured the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award. For her efforts, Reeves was honored as Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Secondary Principal of the Year as well as being honored as one of the top three principals in the nation.
Reeves has been a featured presenter at the National Drop-out Conference, National Association of Secondary School Principals conferences, The Children and Rural Education Conference, Best Practices Conference for Texas Schools In Need of Improvement, and numerous other conferences. She has submitted and presented papers relating to teacher recruitment and retention in rural schools as well as the effects of light barriers on reading success.
Melinda Reeves is viewed by her staff as a visionary leader who is not afraid to take chances in order to improve student achievement.