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Gypsum’s Forsberg named National Distinguished Principal

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Vail, CO Colorado
Mitchell Forsberg, principal at Gypsum Elementary School. is the 2011 Colorado National Distinguished Principal of the Year.

GYPSUM, Colorado – An Eagle County school administrator was named Colorado’s top principal by the Colorado Association of School Executives.

Mitchell Forsberg, Gypsum Elementary School principal was named the 2011 Colorado National Distinguished Principal of the Year.

With Forsberg at the helm, Gypsum Elementary was one of two schools in Colorado to be named a 2010 National Distinguished Title I School for Closing the Achievement Gap.

The school decreased the achievement gap by the highest percentage of any Colorado school.

Forsberg was selected by his peers through a competitive process.

“Four words encapsulate Mitch Forsberg and set him apart from other principals: stalwart, charismatic, intelligent, and personable,” said Steve Smith, Gypsum Creek Middle School principal.

Gypsum Elementary’s success starts with Forsberg, Smith said.

“It’s due to Mitch’s leadership, drive, focus, and care of details. He is highly deserving of recognition,” Smith said.

Gypsum Elementary teachers meet more than two hours each week to review student data, discuss progress, goals and challenges.

The award recognizes successful elementary or middle school principals. Criteria include evidence of respect from the school community, active community involvement, strong educational leadership, and evidence of an orderly learning environment.

Forsberg and other CASE award winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony later this month, as well as at the Annual CASE Convention this summer in Breckenridge.

As Colorado’s National Distinguished Principal, Forsberg will be honored, along with other state winners, in Washington, D.C. this fall.

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