Corvallis High School Assistant Principal Tyson Tucker is the Montana Association of Secondary School Principals’ 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year.
Tucker was nominated by Corvallis School District Superintendent Jon Konen and CHS Principal Cammie Knapp.
“Though I have only worked with Mr. Tucker for the past couple months, I have quickly found him to be one of the top administrators I have worked with in my 22 year career,” Konen said. “He is a dedicated professional and it is shown through his commitment to our school and community.”
Since Tucker’s employment at CHS in August of 2010, he has served in numerous leadership capacities including Montana High School Association’s SouthWestern A President, Western A president and this past year was recognized as the Athletic Director of the Year for Class A.
Knapp said that working in with Tucker for 12 years she sees he, “embodies what this award truly represents.”
“Tyson has a tireless work ethic and strives to keep students at the forefront of all decisions,” Knapp said.
She praised his ability to create strong relationships with students and staff, his ability to communicate with parents and administrators across the state.
“He has high expectations for his own staff members to be professional at all times in their actions,” Knapp said. “He makes supportive phone calls to parents and students on a weekly basis to help increase our academic engagement. A recent accomplishment of a program that Tyson started was the implementation of attendance incentives for students at the high school [and attendance improved significantly].”
Knapp said that Tucker provides staff members and coaches with leadership and direction in their curricular areas or athletic expertise, communicates any safety concerns and ways to implement strategies and is approachable to staff, families and the community.
“Tyson is extremely organized and efficient with all matters in his position,” Knapp said. “He utilizes best practices to make sure that Corvallis programs are utilizing new technologies. [He] completes regular duties of high school including walking halls, monitoring bathrooms, checking cameras and parking lots consistently.”
Konen said the school is, “thankful for Tyson's expertise and support especially in the development of our Reopening Plan for this school year.”
“His leadership, relationship building ability, and communication make him a prime example of what it takes to be Montana’s Assistant Principal of the Year,” he said. “I have appreciated [Tucker’s] leadership. When he speaks, it is thoughtful and full of rationale…all connected back to how we can support students best. Mr. Tucker is what makes Blue Devil pride contagious!”
Tucker said he had no comment.
“Don’t know what to say, I’m speechless,” he said.
Tucker will be recognized at the 2021 Montana Principals Conference, Jan. 25-26. He will represent Montana next summer at the National MASSP Conference in Denver, Colorado.
According to the School Administrators of Montana website, “The National Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students. These assistant principals are acknowledged by their peers for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession. The program honors high school assistant principals who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of personal excellence; collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and personalization.”