Prior to joining the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, Michael Kight served as the principal of a high performing urban middle school in the city of Richmond, Virginia for seven years. Under his leadership, student test scores increased from the 50th percentile to the 93rd percentile in English, mathematics, science and history. Prior to this assignment, he was an assistant principal and a fourth and fifth grade teacher.
In 2009 Michael was awarded the R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership for Richmond City Schools. In 2011, he was one of only two principals in the City of Richmond who earned the Level II Principal of Distinction Endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education for improving student achievement, displaying effective instructional leadership, and creating a positive effect on school climate and culture in a Virginia public school.
Michael received his B.S. in elementary and middle education from West Virginia University and his M.Ed. in education administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Middle School Association and the National Education Association.
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