Ellis Middle School Principal Jessica Cabeen named 2021 K-12 Dive Principal of the Year

Ellis Middle School principal Jessica Cabeen has been named the recipient of the 2021 K-12 Dive Principal of the Year Award.

Cabeen, who has been principal at Ellis since 2018 and who was also the former head of Woodson Kindergarten Center was selected from a small pool of finalists thanks to recommendations from teachers, community members, and former Austin superintendent David Krenz.

The selection committee lauded several of Cabeen’s approaches in performing her duties at Ellis, including engaging her staff in professional development book studies and other work to better understand brain development during the middle school years, and former Superintendent Krenz said that Cabeen’s communication with parents, students and staff was a particular highlight he saw in his years working with her, providing her school community with a “source of confidence that we’re not going to leave your children behind.”

Cabeen was also recognized for teaching a course called “academic coaching,” aimed to reduce students’ academic stress during hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, while instilling social-emotional lessons.