Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Tybee Island Maritime Principal Named Charter School Leader of the Year

Published on: 3/20/2024

​​​Tybee Island Maritime Academy (TIMA) Principal Peter Ulrich, has been named the Charter School Leader of the Year by the Georgia Charter School Association.  Mr. Ulrich was presented the award at the organization's annual conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.  The Charter School Leader of the Year Award honors high-capacity educational leaders who effectively harness their vision to drive school culture and performance.

“I am deeply honored to be named Georgia Charter School Leader of the Year by the Georgia Charter Schools Association," said Ulrich. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire charter school community, including our colleagues, students, families, and supporters. Together, we have worked tirelessly to foster a common belief that every student in Georgia can thrive and reach their fullest potential. I am incredibly humbled by this award and grateful for the opportunity to serve such an amazing community!"

An article about the award on the GCSA website states the following in support of the recognition:

“Ulrich's leadership shines through in his exceptional efforts to cultivate a positive and effective school culture that supports both students and staff at TIMA. One of Ulrich's key strategies is his emphasis on community integration. By involving community partners in education, he not only enriches students' learning experiences but also strengthens economic development in the area. This collaborative approach equips students with essential skills for the modern world while fostering a sense of belonging and engagement within the broader community.

Furthermore, he demonstrates a deep commitment to ensuring access to education for all students by providing transportation at the school's own expense. This proactive measure not only removes barriers to learning but also contributes to a culture of inclusivity and support, where every student is valued and given the opportunity to thrive.

In addition to his focus on students, Ulrich prioritizes empowering teachers and staff. By championing staff autonomy and collaboration, he fosters a culture of innovation and experimentation. Teachers feel supported and encouraged to design authentic learning experiences, take risks in their teaching methods, and contribute to the continuous improvement of the school's programs and initiative."

The winner of this prestigious award receives $3,000 to be used for educational purposes. 

​See the full GCSA article here.​

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