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Treasure Coast Essay

Honoring a Martin County school principal

Her name is Sigrid George.  She moved from New York and began at Stuart Middle School as a teacher of English and Social Studies.  That was in 1969.  Recently Sigrid received a National PTA Life Achievement Award.  It is richly deserved.  Sigrid rose through the ranks at Stuart Middle School as curriculum coordinator and assistant principal.   For the past 12 years she has been the principal.  The Life Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the National PTA.  It goes to an individual who “daily lives out his or her commitment to children.”  In a ceremony at Stuart Middle School, which is on Georgia Avenue south of Southeast Ocean Boulevard, the award was presented to Sigrid by school PTA president Nancy Lyons, whose three children attended the school.  Nancy was delighted to be assigned this duty.  She told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Sigrid “has been there for 43 years as a teacher and administrator, and that speaks to her character and dedication.”  Sigrid, who is 70, said she considers Stuart Middle School as her home and the staff as her family.  “You have to have a passion for this age group,” she said.  “I love what I do every single day.”  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.