A Harrison School District 2 administrator has been named Colorado National Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year.

Kimberlee Noyes, who has been with the district since 2011, was tapped for the honor by the Colorado Association of School Executives and Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals.

Noyes has been an educator for 12 years. She came to Centennial Elementary School in 2011 at a time students were struggling with low assessment scores, and less than a third of the fifth-graders were proficient on state assessment tests. After two years in a program where students focused on writing, the number of third-graders proficient or advanced in writing increased to 80 percent from a low of 25 percent.

Noyes said of her award: "I'm so excited because it exemplified the work students and staff are doing at Centennial, and what Harrison is doing." She also praised her principal, Wendy Birhanzel, for her guidance.

The announcement said Noyes is held in high regard by her peers for putting into action her belief that meeting the needs of the whole child is essential to increasing their achievement.

Noyes has sought partnerships for Centennial that have provided breakfast in the classroom, a dinner program for those receiving tutoring, and a program where every student receives a new winter coat through Koats for Kids.

Birhanzel, who nominated Noyes, said, "This solidifies Kimberlee's relentless pursuit of success for all students, and to ensure they have choices in life. She inspires her students to reach their personal best."

Before coming to D-2, Noyes was at Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, where she was an administrator at Patriot Elementary School.

She will be honored at a presentation at Centennial on March 20.