Alvin ISD superintendent of schools Dr. Buck Gilcrease recently announced in a special meeting with district leadership that Charlotte Liptack of Manvel High School is the 2015 Alvin ISD Secondary Principal of the Year.
Liptack, who has been in the field of education for more than 20 years now, joined the Alvin ISD team as a counselor at Harby Junior High in 2002. After serving students at the junior high level, she was selected as a counselor for Manvel High School, and soon after was promoted to assistant principal for the campus in 2009. In 2010 Liptack was promoted once again to hold the position of associate principal, and would eventually be named the principal of the campus in 2013.
When asked what he thought about Liptack being selected as Principal of the Year, Manvel High School Assistant Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Kirk Martin said, “I think it’s amazing! She’s the greatest leader that I’ve ever known. People want to work for her because she cares about us.”
Upon coming to Alvin ISD, Liptack encouraged the district to participate in the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program. Through the program she learned the importance of showing people how much you care about them and building immense trust with students and staff.
She truly believes that “when you capture kids hearts you have their head,” and this has shown not only in her leadership with students, but also with her team members.
“The relationships she has developed with the students and staff members of Manvel High School is real. She helps teachers to feel valued, and students to feel loved,” said Jamie McRae, Manvel High School counselor.
“She leads by example and love… tough but fair, and knows how to celebrate individual successes. We just love her. She’s awesome,” added Martin.
Awesome seems to be the common denominator among the staff members and students of Manvel High School. When Emily Havens, student and senior lieutenant colonel of the Manvel High School Majestics Dance Team was asked what she thought about Liptack being selected as Principal of the Year she was loud, clear and straight to the point. Her answer: “She better be! She’s awesome!”
Liptack was very appreciative of the designation, especially after being supported heavily by her staff members during her time of need, throughout this past school year. Liptack lost her husband and son in a tragic plane crash early in the school year.
“I am truly humbled. There are so many great leaders in this district,” said Liptack.
“I have been blessed with amazing students and staff members. They have all wrapped their arms around me and taken care of me in a way that I could have never imagined. This would not be possible without their continued support. Through it all, I know that I am loved, and am thankful that my colleagues selected me as this year’s Secondary Principal of the Year. This is such an honor,” added Liptack.
“We selected Charlotte because of her dedication and commitment to the students of Alvin ISD. Even through difficult times, she continued to be present, and showed her passion for developing strong relationships, in an effort to ensure that the students of Manvel High School are constantly educated in a safe and caring environment. We appreciate her for all that she has done and continues to do for the field of education and the students in our district,” said Dr. Buck Gilcrease.