Tonette “Toni” Chelgren Haight, a Derby alumna and principal at Freeman Elementary School, was awarded by a statewide group for her administrative efforts.

The Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators (KASEA) recognized Haight as the 2019 Administrator of the Year during an event July 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

“It was very humbling for me to receive this award,” Haight said.

“My staff, they’re the troopers out there working with [students] on a day-to-day basis.”

Haight, who graduated from Derby High School in 1990, has been principal of Freeman Elementary School in Haysville since 2018. She started working in the building as a full-time teacher in 2006.

While students

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