STILLWATER, Okla. —
NAME: Donna Boles
JOB TITLE: Principal
SCHOOL: Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School
LENGTH OF SERVICE: Fifth year as principal, 19th year at Perkins-Tryon, 27th year in education
Why did you choose a career in education?
I chose a career in education because I have always had a passion for teaching children and providing them with the academic and social skills necessary to be successful in life. There is nothing I would rather be doing.
You were nominated for this feature because of your desire that all students be successful. In what ways do you demonstrate that?
My primary role is to provide teachers with instructional support. They make the greatest impact on student success. I also implement programs to help motivate students to do their best and provide additional instructional support to struggling students.
We understand you hold Saturday school classes for students who have missed school or need to catch up with their work. Is that one of the roles of a school administrator?
Saturday school provides additional instructional support to students lacking skills. Holding Saturday and after-school sessions gives me an opportunity to know first-hand what challenges my students and teachers face in the classroom and allows me to make informed decisions concerning students, curriculum, and instruction.
How important is it that your staff and students know that you have an open door policy?
An open line of communication is very important to me. I strive to be informed and involved. The teachers and students also know that I will come immediately to their classrooms if they need help with an activity or have a problem.
Describe your school’s initiative of Walk and Talk and how it benefits students.
“Walk and Talk” is a program we adopted from Sangre Ridge Elementary. Students meet in the gym each morning and get 10-30 minutes of physical activity while visiting with friends. It is a positive alternative to morning recess, where students often get hurt, mad or in trouble before class starts.