Fay Herron Elementary School
North Las Vegas, NV
2018 America’s Best Urban Schools Award Winner
Fay Herron staff are dedicated to their students and “by any means necessary” will find the resources teachers need to reach their primarily low-income and Latino student population. The principal’s motto is, “If you make a decision with the best interest of the child in mind, it will be the right decision.” Freaky Friday meetings provide grade levels time to collaborate and design learning goals with differentiation in mind so that they reach each and every student. Wacky Wednesday meetings allow for vertical collaboration so teachers can have in-depth conversations with colleagues in other grade levels to align instruction and also professional development to learn new strategies. Teachers rely on data to provide feedback on their instruction and do weekly progress monitoring on specific skills. A 30-minute intervention period and a before and after school program supports struggling students to reach grade-level standards. Staff at Fay Herron also have a lot of fun with each other and the students. They offer numerous clubs for students including an art club, jazz dance team, rock club and baking club in addition to an active arts program. Students have the opportunity to do Folkloric Dance and participate in Disney musicals in school.