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National Principals Appreciation Month: Mrs. Miracle Reynolds Principal at Southwood Elementary

Thank a Principal October is National Principals Appreciation Month. The key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. This provides us an opportunity to express our appreciation for outstanding efforts that our principals put forth every day. Columbus City Schools wants to say thank you to all of our wonderful principals.




October 29, 2019 -- If you ask an educator to think back to their first year of teaching, you will probably get a wide range of reactions, but the general consensus to why educators spend their lives in the classroom is to make a difference in the lives of many students.

“I just love kids,” said Southwood Elementary School Principal Miracle Reynolds. “It was my third grade teacher when I was younger that really inspired me to go in to education.”

Passion for childhood education is what keeps Miracle Reynolds going 19 years strong with Columbus City Schools.

Reynolds is now in her first year as a principal at Southwood Elementary School. 

“It has been amazing. I was promoted about  a week before school started from the Leadership Intern Program in to becoming a principal of  building,” she says.

The former first grade and second grade teachers spent the last 10 years at Winterset Elementary School. Two years ago, Reynolds decided to enroll in to the district’s  Leadership Intern Program, spending the past 24 months shadowing various principals across the district.

“It really got my feet wet for what I am doing now. A lot of experiences, a lot of different leadership styles,” Reynolds says. “As a Leadership Intern you are assigned to on building however you get called to substitute at other buildings. I have had a chance to see a lot of different things and a lot of different Columbus City Schools.” 

Now she is the principal for more than 300 students, a couple dozen teachers and staff members. Reynolds says the best part about being an educator is building long lasting relationships.

“It has been amazing being with the students and the staff, and this is what I know I want to do. If you want to make a difference, I say go to be a teacher or a principal, because you can have a huge impact.”