A Thurston County principal has been named Washington's middle school principal of the year.
The Association of Washington School Principals picked Nisqually Middle School Principal Karen Owen for “her personal and moral drive to never accept the minimum from her students.”
She has been the principal at the North Thurston County school since 2004. She was chosen for the 2010 honor from among eight regional finalists.
The director of student support services for the district attributed Owen’s success with students to the amount of time she spends in the classroom, providing feedback and acknowledging student work.