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2013 Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership Winner

Deneen Olidge-Walker, Assistant Principal, Eliot-Hine Middle School

Deneen Olidge-Walker is passionate about serving in the field of education because it has given her the opportunity to guide, nourish, and enrich the lives of others. ┬áMrs. Olidge-Walker began her career in school leadership by obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southern University of New Orleans.

Mrs. Olidge-Walker’s professional career extends over 10 years in the field of education as a teacher, instructional coach, and currently as an administrator. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher, and relocated to the DC area after Hurricane Katrina. She has served as the Assistant Principal at Eliot-Hine Middle School since 2011. She utilizes her expertise to make a difference in the lives of students by taking a hands-on approach in the learning environment. Her days consist of modeling effective instruction, providing professional development opportunities on researched best practices, and giving feedback and praise to teachers for effective teaching. Mrs. Olidge-Walker stresses the vital need to help teachers understand the importance of setting consistent, clear, high expectations for student achievement. She sees education as ever-evolving, and credits DCPS for continuing to equip her with the necessary tools for growth and sustainable development.