continued “Ray has strong people skills and a sincere interest in his teachers, students and colleagues,” Avellino wrote in his nomination essay. “He brings out the best in people by believing in them, and he provides them with the necessary resources to be successful.”
Heidi Green, the high school’s director of counseling, wrote a letter of support that was included in the nomination package.
“In these few short years, his impact has been immeasurable; he has brought energy, enthusiasm, and vision to our school,” Green wrote. “His impact as building principal was felt almost immediately, as he made it a priority to be visible and present with students and staff.”
In their nomination letters, Mr. Avellino and Ms. Green touched on Mr. Kilmer’s many accomplishments and the qualities that make him an effective and well-liked leader. In his first year as principal, the high school transitioned from a 5.5 grade point average scale to a traditional 100-point scale. He also spearheaded the adoption of the LinkCrew program, a freshman orientation program that involves upperclass student leaders assisting with the transition of students from 8th to 9th grade.
“Never one to complacently accept the status quo, Ray consistently looks for ways to make the high school better,” Mr. Avellino wrote.