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Posted 11/18/20

Hollie Wilkins has been selected as the 2020-2021 Escambia County School District’s outstanding Principal of the Year. 


The principal achievement award for outstanding leadership was established in 1988 to recognize exemplary principals for their contributions to their schools and communities.  The program honors principals who have spearheaded initiatives to increase student performance and promote safe learning environments, often through establishing partnerships with parents and community members.

Hollie Wilkins has been an educator with the Escambia County School District since 1997.  She has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal at Scenic Heights Elementary, principal at Bellview Elementary, and is currently the principal of Montclair Elementary where she has served for the past ten years.


Montclair Elementary School has one of the highest poverty rates in the Escambia County School District.  Principal Hollie Wilkins makes no excuses for the social economic status of the school when setting high standards for the teachers and students.  Under her leadership, Montclair Elementary School earned a grade of a “B” for the 2018-2019 school year. The expectations for achievement is high, staff turnover is low and student enrollment has increased. 


Over the past few years, Hollie Wilkins has transformed the culture of Montclair Elementary. The results include improved student behavior and increased academic achievement.  Ms. Wilkins worked with a team of teachers to improve the positive behavior support system for the school.  This plan has given teachers the tools and strategies needed to build positive relationships and actively engage students in learning.  She also implemented a plan to engage teachers through high quality professional learning.  These professional learning communities have been instrumental in identifying the academic and behavioral needs of all students.  She empowers teachers and staff to understand and apply a variety of data to make informed instructional decisions.  


Hollie Wilkins is a compassionate and determined leader. She leads with a sense of urgency, removing obstacles in the path to student success. Colleagues describe her as an incredible administrator who has the passion for doing what is best for everyone, the drive to make it happen, and the heart to see it through. Montclair students and staff never lose, they learn and they win!


The Escambia County School District is extremely proud of the accomplishments of Hollie Wilkins.