LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Every month WLFI teams up with Frontier Communications to salute Hoosiers in Greater Lafayette making a difference.
This month we salute Clare Lutgen, principal at Oakland High School.
Her students say she gives them the tools they need to achieve their dreams.
"We are family and we're the family you've chosen, which I think has some real power in it as well. And the fact that they chose Oakland I really value that," she said.
The family learning environment she oversees changes the lives of her students, students like Megan Chiles.
"She took all of my ideas, she listened to me, which is something I wasn't used to from adults around me. She took what I said and made it possible," commented Chiles.
Lutgen's listening ear creates a school day filled with positive affirmations mixed with tough love.
"This growth that has happened here at Oakland has occurred because we have done it collectively and I think there's a real power in that. And I can't over emphasis the importance in that for me -- in relationship building and establishing this community of trust," Lutgen added.
Thanks to Lutgen's hard work, we salute her as our Making A Difference award winner for the month of October.
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