27 Jun Sarah Popek named Nevada’s 2017 National Distinguished Principal

The National Association of Elementary School Principals announced the selection of Myrtle Tate Elementary School Principal Sarah A. Popek as Nevada’s 2017 National Distinguished Principal. Popek was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search conducted by the Nevada Elementary Schools Principal Association.

The program to recognize outstanding leadership was established in 1984 as a way to honor and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for students, families and staff in their respective learning communities.

“I am very fortunate to be the principal of a school community that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our Tate Tigers,” said Popek. “The staff and students inspire me on a daily basis to set and achieve school improvement goals. I am truly honored to represent my hard-working colleagues at a national level.”

In addition to receiving national attention, Popek was also praised by Clark County School District (CCSD) School Associate Superintendent Lorna James-Cervantes who serves as her supervisor.

“Sarah Popek is an outstanding, highly-effective, transformational school leader,” said James-Cervantes. “I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah as her supervisor for the past three years. During that time, I have seen her work tirelessly to improve student achievement and strive to make her school one of the highest achieving schools in the Clark County School District.”

Popek, who has been with CCSD for 16 years, has served as principal of Tate Elementary School since 2012. Prior to her current position, Popek worked as an assistant principal at Marion Cahlan and D. L. “Dusty” Dickens Elementary Schools.

In October, Popek will travel to Washington D. C. to receive the award and be recognized along with her peers from around the nation.