Lindbergh principal Sue Malahy awarded Golden Apple

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 4/8/2019 7:00:00 AM

Congratulations to Charles A. Lindbergh Middle School Principal Sue Malahy, who was awarded the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership last week in a surprise ceremony at the school. In her six years as principal at Lindbergh, Malahy has worked to create an ecosystem of support between teachers, allowing educators experienced in working with challenging students to guide and mentor peers with less experience.


This mentorship and support model also enriches teaching practices throughout the school. Malahy recruited leaders in each content area, creating vertical teams which use peer observation and regular discussions to understand and implement best practices. She is a proponent of using data to see how Lindbergh students perform compared to their peers nationally. As a result, teachers make data-supported decisions for students. Two years ago, Malahy introduced Leader in Me, a program based on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habit of Highly Effective People, which helps school staff build leadership qualities so they, in turn, can help students develop the same skills.


Malahy’s use of comparative date also helps students develop a more comprehensive awareness of their academic progress. This is just one of many ways Lindbergh students, under Malahy’s leadership, take ownership of their learning.  A portfolio system, student-led parent-teacher conferences and the Leader in Me program help students become proactive participants in their education. As a result, they can take advantage of before-school Spanish and high school Enriched Algebra and online courses for remediation and enrichment.


Golden Apple is a leading Illinois nonprofit committed to recognizing exemplary educators and developing future educators. This was the first year that school leaders from all of Illinois were eligible for nomination. Leadership award nomination increased by 42 percent and were received from 28 Illinois counties. 


Peoria Public Schools is fortunate to have dedicated and passionate educators like Sue Malahy.