Tina Fehringer named

Idaho National Distinguished Principal


Hillcrest Elementary School principal Tina Fehringer poses with a class of first graders at the school.

She was recently recognized by the Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals as the 2017

Idaho National Distinguished Principal

Story by Daniel Moore Power County Press Staff Writer

Photograph Courtesy of The Power County Press


The Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals chose Hillcrest Elementary PrincipalTina Fehringer as the 2017

Idaho National Distinguished Principal. The group will officialy present Fehringer with the award in August.

Fehringer was nominated for the award by a peer, and had to fill out a lengthy application. She then was one of four candidates

interviewed for the award by a board of elementary school principals. Tim Lowe, the president of the elementary school organization,

said in an email that her interview skills were especially strong. She was chosen among a large field of other elementary

school principals, and will have a chance to be considered for the national award. She’s come a long way since she was a student, also at

Hillcrest Elementary. She remembers challenging a teacherabout rules at the school, and now enjoys the irony of his response:

“You can make the rules when you are the principal.” Fehringer said it is the support she receives from the staff and the community that made

Hillcrest Elementary shine. “It’s easy to tell a good story about strong teachers working for the common good and about great students and parents,” Fehringer said. She actually did not start out on the elementary school level at all. Her first teaching job was teaching science on the highschool level in Blackfoot. Then she began again, at the opposite end of the educational spectrum, when she accepted a position running the Head Start program

in American Falls. Fehringer said it was while she was working at Head Start that she felt she could handle more administrative responsibilities,

and she started work on her master’s degree then. But she did not become a principal until after stints at William ThomasMiddle School, Highland High

and the community that made Hillcrest Elementary shine. “It’s easy to tell a good story about strong teachers working for the common good and about

great students and parents,” Fehringer said.

Then she began again, at the opposite end of the educational spectrum, when she accepted a position running the Head Start program in American Falls.

Fehringer said it was while she was working at Head Start that she felt she could handle more administrative responsibilities, and she started work on her master’s degree then. But she did not become a principal until after stints at William Thomas Middle School, Highland High School