Member Spotlight: Carrie Balk

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We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Carrie Balk, Principal, Three Rivers High School

How long have you worked in education?
15 years

How long have you been an administrator?
4 years

Give us a few personal details.
My husband, Bryan, and I have two children - Brayden (age 10) and Collin (age 8).

What do you find most challenging about your job?
With an ever increasing population of at-risk students in my building, I am faced with poverty and homelessness daily. My challenge - meeting the academic needs of students who have significant barriers to education.

What is most rewarding about your job?
Staff and students! This job is challenging, but I'm fortunate to work with an amazing group of educators and students who consistently demonstrate respect, responsibility and resilience.

What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
Sense of Humor - REQUIRED!

What is something you are working on or hoping to implement in the near future?
I'm interested in the Khan Academy Challenge.

Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
Having Difficult Conversations by Jennifer Abrams

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