Huge crowds of cheering students caught Colchester High School Principal Amy Minor by surprise Tuesday.
"You guys got me, you got me good!" Minor said.
The packed hallways were all part of a special send-off for Vermont's "Principal of the Year."
"I am still very in this moment, very speechless and completely inspired by my students being so proud," Minor said.
Wednesday, Minor will fly to Washington to be honored for her new title. She'll visit the White House and meet with the state's congressional delegation and other top principals from across the country to talk about what's working nationally and her own goals for students.
"I think my biggest goal is to make sure every student has a really successful four years and that they feel connected to CHS," Minor said.
Her students say it's those connections that set her apart and helped make their decision to plan the schoolwide celebration a simple one.
"I can talk to Mrs. Minor anytime, her door is always open," said Chris Prado, a senior. "She is so welcoming and it makes that educational experience more personal throughout our four years."
"She tries so hard to get to know each one of us as individuals and she is just the best principal I have ever had," said Lily Webster, a sophomore.
Minor says raising test scores, improving curriculum and finding ways to provide access to technology on a fixed budget are among her passions, something her colleagues say they see every day.
"She is open engaged and very committed to education, very committed to best practice, terrifically energetic and just a phenomenal person," said Justin Brown, the vice principal at Colchester High School.
And a phenomenal principal who says what she experienced in these hallways will top the big names and bright lights awaiting her in DC.
"I would say that this is the best moment of my educational career by far," Minor said.
Minor's trip to Washington runs through the end of the week. She'll be back in action at CHS Monday morning.
Minor is in her eighth year as principal at CHS. Before taking the top job she was a science teacher at the school.
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