Tracy ’11 and Ben Milam Elementary School have been in the spotlight twice in the last year, with Milam most recently being awarded the $50,000 TAP Founder’s Award.

Local principal reforms elementary school

Date: March 22, 2011

As principal of Ben Milam Elementary School in Bryan, Texas, Tracy Spies ’11 has a simple but powerful approach to motivating her students.
“Praise, praise, praise and model, model, model,” she says. “You must praise every little step they take to help them understand that learning is a journey.”
Tracy, who is currently pursuing her doctorate in bilingual education, began teaching in Aldine ISD in 1997 as an elementary bilingual teacher. She became Milam’s assistant principal in 2004 and principal in 2006.
During the school’s first year as a member of TAP™: The System for...