Leamon named top educator by PAMLE

The Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Education has been busy handing out awards in Warren County.

Clay Hayes, a teacher at Youngsville Elementary Middle School, won the educator of the year award.

Rebecca Hogg and Joshua Frazier, students at YEMS, won the student of the year award.

Now, Eisenhower Middle High School Principal Erik Leamon has been named administrator of the year.

YEMS Principal Eric Mineweaser introduced Leamon at Monday night’s board meeting.

“I can’t explain how happy I was when he was recognized,” he said. “He definitely was well deserving…As a colleague, and a friend, I was very, very proud.”

In a letter of recommendation, Mineweaser said “His dedication to the middle level students, staff and community of Eisenhower Middle/Senior High School has developed a culture of learning and growth that mimic the best of schools around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

The letter explains that the board tasked a group of administrators with “developing a middle level philosophy that fostered the needs of individual students and provided a positive learning environment for these young adolescents. Mr. Leamon was at the forefront of leading these changes. Together, with a group of administrators, Mr. Leamon put a plan in place that implemented key components of the development of a middle level atmosphere that would be conducive to the needs of all stakeholders.”

“Thank you guys for letting us have middle level the way we do,” Leamon said to the board on Monday. “It was so easy…to walk into (middle level) changes. With the teachers and staff at Eisenhower, it has made it possible.”

According to PAMLE, the award is intended “to honor administrators who value, understand and support middle level education that promotes powerful learning for young adolescents.”