Greg Wiles (’91): Award-winning Idaho principal
April 7, 2010
Greg Wiles (’91) is one of only seven principals in the U.S. to be named a Transformational Leaders Across America (TLAA) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Wiles, who received a degree in Physical Education and Health from Evangel and also holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Idaho State University, will receive a scholarship and will be honored at the NAESP’s 2010 Annual Convention and Exposition in Houston, April 8-11, 2010.
As part of NAESP’s leadership academy, which sets the gold standard for principals’ professional development, the TLAA initiative recognizes principals who have distinguished themselves in shaping long-term school improvement.
NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the seven principals for catalyzing school improvement and excelling at the standards set forth by NAESP. “At a time when educators are under immense pressure to increase student achievement, we’re pleased to shine a spotlight on principals who have demonstrated the vision, courage and professional knowledge necessary to cultivate high-achieving schools,” she said. “NAESP’s TLAA initiative validates the vital role principals fulfill in school reform and provides an opportunity for transformational school leaders to share their strategies for success.”
In addition to the TLAA award, Greg was awarded the Educator of the Year for 2009-2010 from the Idaho Middle Level Association and is a finalist for the State of Idaho Metlife/NASSP National Principal of the Year.
Evangel University’s Director of Alumni Relations Chuck Cox said, “This recognition for Greg’s outstanding leadership serves as encouragement to alumni, our faculty and administration, and provides inspiration to our current students. We applaud him for this honor. Greg’s selection for these awards is highly deserved.”
As principal of Lone Star Middle School, where 65 percent of the student population qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, Wiles has looked for opportunities to create a strong learning vision and is focused on building a professional learning community that fosters collaboration among all staff. He will facilitate a session at NAESP’s convention examining strategies that incorporate teaming, coaching and professional development into schools on Sunday, April 11, and he will participate in a panel discussion with other transformational leaders on Saturday, April 10.
While at Evangel, Greg earned football and track scholarships and was a member of the Evangel football team that traveled to China in 1991. “You realize how blessed we are as a nation after you have taken at trip like that,” Greg said.
He was a substitute teacher for one year before accepting a full-time teaching position at William Thomas Middle School in the American Falls School District, where he taught for eight years. Later, for two years, Greg served as a coach, part-time teacher and part-time vice principal at the school. Greg says that his Evangel education and experiences prepared him in many ways for his career and gave him the edge to be a successful educator, father and husband.
“Evangel preparation showed me the need that public education has and the importance of demonstrating a Christian influence by integrating your faith with your learning,” he said. Greg served as the principal of West Middle School in Nampa for eight years, and is now the principal at Lone Star Middle School.
Greg and his wife, Desiree, have been married for 13 years. They have four children. He is currently working toward his Education Specialist degree at Northwestern Nazarene University.
Greg comes from a lineage of Evangel graduates. His parents, Richard and Marlene, both graduated from Evangel in 1961 and his sister, Denise Wiles, graduated from Evangel in 1992. That trend may continue with Greg and Desiree’s children, as some of them are interested in sports at Evangel.