Weatherly says high expectations, consistency breed success at rural school

GUIN - Josh Weatherly said he believes that collaboration is a key component driving the success and continued academic progress of students at Guin Elementary in rural northwestern Alabama.
Weatherly has been principal for eight years at the preK-6 school. He taught the prior 10 years at Guin Elementary, which recently earned first-time honors as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. It is a 2019 ESEA Network National Title I Distinguished School, recognized for exceptional student performance and academic growth.
Guin Elementary scored an A on the state report card for SY 2018-19, according to the Alabama Department of Education. State testing data showed the school achieved a 75.74% proficiency rate in reading, 82.48% in mathematics, and 70.45% in science in 2019, when three of five students (64.34%) were deemed economically disadvantaged or eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
"I credit the lord for it," said Weatherly, also acknowledging the role of school stakeholders. He said the community has high expectations that teachers and staff readily meet.


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