Tech Alumna Walter Named Master Principal

Peggy Lawless Walter, who holds three degrees from Arkansas Tech University, has earned master school principal certification from the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Walter’s master school principal award was announced by Dr. Tom Kimbrell, state education commissioner, during the State Board of Education meeting in Little Rock on Monday morning.

Only 12 individuals have been named master school principals since the program was initiated in 2003.

According to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Education, school administrators interested in pursuing master school principal status must complete a three-year course of professional development.

Applicants for master school principal certification are also subject to additional performance evaluations from the Arkansas Leadership Academy, which is based in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.

Walter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Arkansas Tech in 1980. She returned to her alma mater to obtain a Master of Education degree in 1987 and an Educational Specialist degree in 2006.

Today, Walter is principal of Fairview Elementary School in Fort Smith.

Walter’s service to Arkansas Tech has included serving on the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2007-09.