Haley Street, Assistant Principal at Holly Middle School

Haley Street, Assistant Principal of Holly Middle School, has been named Michigan’s 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) and the Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honor Societies (MASC/MAHS). Ms. Street will represent Michigan as the state’s nominee for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Assistant Principal of the Year competition, which will be awarded in July at the National Principals Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Street’s nomination garnered widespread stakeholder support including: Holly Public Schools’ Superintendent, Scott M. Roper; Holly Middle School Principal, Eric Curl; colleague Kristy Pierce Hall, Assistant Principal in Boulan Park Middle School; three fellow Principals and Assistant Principals in the Holly Area School District; two Holly Middle School teachers; a Holly community member; a Holly student; and a Holly parent.

“Haley’s vision, combined with her ideas, drive, and passion, impacts our staff and students on a daily basis and is a true game changer for Holly Middle School,” stated Eric Curl, Principal at Holly Middle School, explaining how she puts others first and epitomizes a servant leader. Scott Roper, Superintendent of Holly Area Schools, emphasized Haley is hardworking, dedicated, focused, engaged and pushes herself and others to continue to learn.

In Haley’s nomination documents supporters highlighted her work in restorative practices, Holly's Academic Intervention Program, local student support network, and time spent volunteering in the community. In addition, it was noted she created the Holly Middle School Saturday Breakfast Club where staff volunteer time on a Saturday morning to give students an opportunity to eat, complete service projects and bond with their peers. Supporters emphasized her passionate devotion to creating a positive culture and cultivating genuine relationships with students and staff so they can succeed together.

“Haley has worked to create a culture that is centered on students. Mrs. Street believes that one of the best ways to help students is to help teachers,” said Monica Turner, Principal at Holly Elementary School. Her sentiment was shared by Haley’s other colleagues and teachers who highlighted her work in providing constructive feedback in a compassionate and kind way to help them grow as individuals.

To qualify for this award, nominees must have served in an Assistant Principal role for at least three years in grades 6-12. Additionally, nominees must demonstrate a sense of collaborative leadership, involvement in curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as a personal positive involvement with district staff, students and families. The selection committee includes students and principals from the Michigan

Student Leadership Board of Directors and the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Board of Directors.

"It is clear Haley is an involved and caring leader who goes above and beyond to create a positive and inclusive culture for staff and students," said Wendy Zdeb, MASSP Executive Director. "Haley takes Holly Area Schools’ slogan to heart by putting 'Excellence in Action’.”

Written by Maggie Helmer, MASSP Coordinator of Programs and Communication