Principal Renner receives UWT Mentor Award

Principal Renner receives UWT Mentor Award
Posted on 01/07/2019
Left to Right: Superintedent Lance Goodpaster, Ford MS Principal Heather Renner, Ford Middle School Admin Intern Audra Goodman, Midland Elementary Intern Erin Gann and Midland Elementary Principal Paula Dawson

Ford Middle School Principal Heather Renner was recently presented with the “Rich Knuth Distinguished Mentor Award” on Saturday, January 5 through University of Washington Tacoma’s Educational Administration Program.  The UWT Educational Administration program prepares experienced educators for P-12 building and district-level leadership positions. The program is designed and taught by a cadre of UW Tacoma professors and local practitioners.

Principal Renner has supported six UWT interns during her nine years as principal at Ford.  As a mentor, she works in partnership with the sponsoring university to provide on-site, real-time and individualized support to the intern. She is known to provide outstanding and frequent support to leaders in training, while providing rich feedback designed to promote self-reflection and growth.  Heather understands the critical importance of identifying, supporting, and helping develop future education leaders, an integral part of the public education system.

Franklin Pierce Schools has a history of developing leaders to take on administrative roles in our district and beyond. Each year, applicants who have an interest in pursuing an administrative certification are invited to apply to be an intern in the district. Interns often serve as deans to develop a broader understanding of student success, family engagement and the administrative tasks associated with being an educational leader.


2018-2019 Franklin Pierce Schools Interns:

  • Erin Gann (Midland Elementary)
  • Audra Goodman (Ford Middle School)
  • Joy Sims (James Sales Elementary)
  • Katie Kehoe (Harvard Elementary)