Principal Tammy Wells knows every single one of the 220 students at Valley High, the school from which she herself graduated years ago. Since her appointment as principal in 1999, she has helped students progress along a steady continuum of achievement and improvement. Ms. Wells played a pivotal role in developing advanced course curriculum. As a result, test scores have risen every year and the number of graduates who now go on to college has doubled. Her staff benefits greatly from her background as an award-winning classroom teacher and a trainer in many specialized areas of education. Each teacher has opportunities to work individually with Ms. Wells to improve their teaching skills. Sharing her leadership and experience, Ms. Wells has gained recognition in the "High Schools to Work" program and was selected to deliver a presentation at its national conference. She also serves on state evaluation teams and is a member of the advisory board for the West Virginia Access Center. In returning to lead her alma mater, Tammy Wells has given back to her community in profound and meaningful ways.