Kim Sigler, principal of Henrico County’s Pocahontas Middle School, has been awarded the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership for 2018-19. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond.
The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal professional development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.
Sigler plans to use the project money to support reading, health and P.E. instruction as Pocahontas moves to prioritize STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. Pocahontas uses a “STEAM in Sports” curriculum, and the funds will help connect that with the school’s literacy program.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Community Foundation,” Sigler told school faculty members at a surprise gathering in the school’s library. “At Pocahontas, we do it together and we do it together every day. I can’t imagine another place I’d rather spend from 8:05 [a.m.] until – whenever. You make it all possible. We do excellence every day. That’s not just what we do, it’s who we are, and I think that speaks volumes about you.”
Sigler has been principal of Pocahontas since 2009. She joined Henrico Schools as a teacher in 1999 after teaching for seven years in Stafford County. She also teaches a leadership course open to Pocahontas seventh- and eighth-graders.
Originally from Staunton, Sigler is an alumna of Mary Washington College, now the University of Mary Washington.