It is with a deep sense of gratitude and honor that Greyhills Academy High School nominate its superintendent, Andrew M. Tah for the Department of Diné Education North Central Association's Administrator of the Year. Tah's many years of educational administrative services in Navajo Education truly exemplifies a competent leader who is visionary, diplomatic and trustworthy. The faculty and staff of Greyhills Academy High School support Tah's educational leadership and greatly respect and admire him for his diligence and dedication to improving Navajo Education.
Tah's employment history includes well over three decades of educational leadership. His administrative experiences began in 1975 first as an assistant principal which he served in that capacity for five years, followed immediately by three years of being a principal. The past 15 years were spent as superintendent within both the BIA and Contract/Grant Schools.
Today, Tah serves as superintendent of Greyhills Academy High School. He is very much focused on developing an effective learning community and promoting educational equity for all students.
It is under his direct leadership that Greyhills Academy High School has maintained its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status for the past three years, an accomplishment which set precedence for other tribal schools to emulate.
Tah is very much a hands-on administrator. His leadership style is one of an "open door" policy. It is important to him that his subordinates participate in his administrative leadership. Empowering people and delegating important tasks to his staff is a priority in his daily administrative work.
He states, "Whenever possible a leaders should share authority-this is critical in empowering others." It is through his shared leadership that his faculty and staff feel empowered and take on exceptional teaching and nurturing roles that has created the unique Greyhills family.
Tah's leadership experiences are vast, he has enjoyed the rewards of student educational successes while overcoming many educational challenges and barriers. He has also led his school through some perilous times-financial instability as well as staffing and programming reduction.
He has led his governing board through the entire Contract/Grant School processes and most recently led his school through two Grant School Re-authorization processes.
Tah is a seasoned administrator with immense knowledge of the BIA protocol and is very competent in all areas of school administration: curriculum, instruction, data analysis, facility management and maintenance, oversight of budgetary and financial resources, federal programs, and most importantly connecting academic, social, emotional and developmental growth for all students.