Southport High School’s Amy Boone is a finalist for the Indiana Association of School Principals’ Assistant Principal of the Year award. And if the selection committee is as impressed with Boone as are her peers, she’s a cinch to win.
“Amy is really bright and a good thinker,” said Southport Principal Brian Knight. “She is an excellent task master and has the unique ability to get a lot accomplished in one day while taking care of people’s needs. She also supervises breakfast and lunch. I don’t know how she does it.”
“She is deserving of the award because she works so hard,” said special education teacher Barb Huotari. “She wears many hats. You would never guess her as an assistant principal by the way she gets into the trenches with us. She is very approachable and very dependable and will do whatever it takes. She wants what is best for the kids. I always enjoy working with her.”
The winner will be announced Friday during the association’s annual conference/luncheon at the Marriott Downtown.
Earlier this year Boone – known as a person of action – was named Assistant Principal of the Year for District 7 after being nominated by her peers. The district includes all schools in Marion County.
“That was a big honor; I was humbled that I was nominated,” she said.
Boone’s main responsibilities are creating the master schedule for all of Southport’s classes and working with guidance director Julie Fierce to coordinate all the state and federally mandated tests, which can be a daunting duty in a school with an enrollment of more than 2,000 and 300 English learning students.
“I have to figure out where and when the teachers will teach their classes. This requires a lot of input from all the staff, said Boone, who has served as an assistant principal for 10 years at the school. She previously taught math and coached basketball for five years at Westfield High School. “Some of my leadership skills were acquired while coaching under some excellent mentors there.”
Boone played basketball while attending high school in a suburb of Chicago, but her lack of height and speed kept her from playing collegiate ball at Butler, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Although happy in her role as an assistant principal, Boone said she aspires to be a principal someday. “But I’ve got a lot more to learn before I become a building leader.
“I love being able to work with and help our students and staff develop. I am lucky to have a position in such a wonderful community that supports its schools. Southport has a rich history and tradition; I’m glad to be a part of it.
“I like going to the games and other activities,” said Boone, who helped with Friday’s setup of the Perry Township Education Foundation’s Crafts & More Show, which was Saturday at Perry Meridian Middle School.
Boone resides in Noblesville with her husband, Chris, who’s employed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and their twin 7-year-old daughters, Abby and Lily.