Tester meets with Great Falls Assistant Principal

Montana’s Assistant Principal of the Year discusses education on Capitol Hill

(U.S. Senate) – Senator Jon Tester this week met with Montana’s 2015 Assistant Principal of the Year to commend her accomplishment and discuss her school’s success in improving academic achievement.

North Middle School Assistant Principal Tara Rosipal was nominated for her leadership and direct involvement in the Response to Intervention (RTI) process. RTI helps identify and support students who have learning and behavioral needs. Due to Rosipal’s leadership, her school has become a leading example for other educators in how to work with students with special needs.

“Tara is a leader who empowers her teachers and fellow administrators to help students achieve in the classroom,” said Tester, a former teacher. “Her emphasis on collaboration, the spirit of teamwork, and identifying the needs of students is an outstanding example of Montana educators. I’ll be making sure that policies in Washington support the important work that educators like Tara do every day in Montana.”

Tester and Rosipal also discussed the need to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and how federal education policy can better support students and educators.

Rosipal has been a school administrator for the past nine years and has been an Assistant Principal at North Middle School in Great Falls since 2011. Rosipal received her Master of Education Degree in 2006 from Montana State University-Northern and her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Great Falls.

Each year the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) recognizes an assistant principal from every state. In addition to meeting with Tester, Rosipal will be attending NASSP’s forum and awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. to honor the State Assistant Principals of the Year from all 50 states.