West Park Place

West Park Place Elementary teacher of the year Michelle Kennard, former principal Ledonnis Hernandez, Principal Tracy Novack and Superintendent Richard Gregg are honored during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

Officials from West Park Place Elementary School traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to accept the school’s award for being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Accepting the award were Superintendent Richard Gregg, Principal Tracy Novack, former principal Ledonnis Hernandez and teacher of the year Michelle Kennard.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Schools are first nominated by their state’s education department and submit detailed applications for consideration by U.S. Department of Education.

West Park, which was chosen for its “exemplary high performance,” is one of 362 schools nationwide that received the award this year. Two other Delaware schools, The Charter School of Wilmington and Delaware Military Academy, also received the honor this year.

West Park was previously named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011. The last Newark school to be awarded was Newark Charter School in 2016.

In an interview earlier this fall, Novack attributed the school’s success to the hard work of all the teachers and students.

“We work as a great team,” she said.

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