Latoya Draper posing with her Yay of the Day swag bag.

YAY LATOYA DRAPER! LaToya Draper, Highland Springs HS associate principal, is today’s “Yay of the Day” winner. Superintendent Amy Cashwell honored LaToya recently at Highland Springs.

YAYWORTHY— Nominator Rick Lilly said: “Mrs. Draper is a leader, mentor and cohesive force in our school. She has gone above and beyond for students and staff alike. As associate principal, she is the principal’s first assistant by position, but she does so much more than is expected and helps slow the day down for everyone around her. As a leader, she knows when and how to apply the right amount of pressure to get things done and build up those around her. As a former counselor, she also knows when to listen and how to navigate tough situations.”

“In the past two weeks, Mrs. Draper has provided leadership for the school counseling team in the absence of a school counseling director. She has helped the counseling team navigate the virtual environment and unprecedented levels of social and emotional issues with great care. At the same time, she has been the principal’s primary support in the building for first semester while leading the school through the master-schedule planning process. She is the perfect candidate for this award from Highland Springs High School! Mrs. Draper is also a frontline worker in the community, working regularly in her time away from school at a local medical office. When I dealt with COVID-19 myself, she was a HUGE help! I refer to her as LaTo-YAY Draper ;)”

William B. Alston II said: “She makes Highland Springs a better place to work. Mrs. Draper has brought a tremendous amount of knowledge, organization and support to our school. Her diverse skill set impacts our entire building, from school counseling to grade books to the leadership team. This year Mrs. Draper’s diverse skill set has been on full display. She not only is leading the school counseling department, while still serving as associate principal, this year she expanded her vision to provide a monthly professional learning series for our administrative aides. In addition, she orchestrated this year’s staff self-care initiative. HSHS would not be the same without the efforts of Mrs. LaToya Draper.”

Beth Terrier said: “She is an amazing leader! She has a strong work ethic, creates positive relationships with students and faculty, and makes strong instructional decisions daily. One example? Creating a self-care program at HSHS this year, including self-care partners and a self-care calendar.”

Thank you for all you do, LaToya, to make a positive difference and move HCPS forward!