Shields is ‘Renaissance Coordinator of the Year’
Corydon Central High School Principal Carole Shields, a driving force behind the growing Renaissance program in Harrison County schools, has been named “Renaissance Coordinator of the Year.”
Shields received the award this summer at the National Renaissance Conference in Dallas.
“I will never miss another national conference,” Shields said. “It was so awesome.”
Shields was the assistant principal at Corydon Central High School last school year before she succeeded Wayne Apple as principal this year.
Although she knew she was a nominee because she had to submit a biography, Shields said she was surprised and “overwhelmed” when the award was announced.
Renaissance programs in 38 states were represented at Dallas.
Shields quickly added that she was acting as representative for Harrison County Renaissance. “It wasn’t just me that earned this award,” Shields said. “It was our whole county working together.”
Renaissance was started in 1988 to recognize students for positive behavior, good grades and improved academics. Teachers and staff are also recognized as part of the program. More than 1,500 schools across the nation have a Renaissance program.
Shields, who resides in Greenville, became familiar with the Renaissance program when she was a special education teacher in New Albany. She helped implement Renaissance at North Harrison High School before she came to CCHS as vice principal. There she was encouraged to form a county-wide program in order to get greater funding support from the Harrison County Council through its riverboat revenue education fund.
During the organizational process, Shields learned that students at South Central Junior-Senior High School already had a small-scale Renaissance program and that Lanesville Junior-Senior High School had a similar program.
Two years ago, all four high schools in the county named Renaissance building coordinators who, with students from each school, attended the “Heartland Conference” in St. Louis. Last year, Harrison County Renaissance hosted the sixth annual Heartland regional conference. Schools came from 12 other states.
“It sounds like a little thing, but it has all the students working together,” Shields said of the county-wide program.
Students are planning another county-wide Renaissance dance as well as getting T-shirts for Renaissance members.
“How powerful will that be to have 1,200 kids walking around with the same T-shirt?” Shields asked.
Publicity like the article in “Images of Harrison County, Indiana,” a public relations magazine produced by the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County, has helped inform others about the program.
“People are beginning to recognize the name Renaissance, but some still are not sure what we’re about,” she said.