Over the past year Academy School has been visited by both Gov. Peter Shumlin and Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca.
Both men visited the West Brattleboro school to recognize the work Principal Andy Paciulli and his staff have done to close the achievement gap between low-income students and their classmates.
After the Shumlin visit, Paciulli joked that the next person he wanted to talk education policy with is President Barack Obama, and it looks like Academy's success might actually allow him to do that.
Paciulli has been named the 2013 Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.