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H. E. Corley Elementary earns recertification as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School

For Immediate Release – January 23, 2024


H. E. Corley Elementary earns recertification as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School

IRMO – H. E. Corley Elementary School has received recertification as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education.

The re-certification reflects the school’s dedication to and effectiveness in teaching leadership principles, fostering a leadership culture and aligning academic systems through student-led achievement and empowering instruction.

“H. E. Corley Elementary School continues to serve as a Lighthouse in our community and among other Leader In Me Schools,” Principal Melanie Harris said. “Our recertification is a testament that we continue to seamlessly incorporate the 7 + 1 Habits of Steven Covey into our learning environment in a way that allows us to love and grow our students! We are thrilled to be recognized by the StephenCovey Foundation for our recertification and Academic Honor Roll status for this school year. Great truly does happen here at HEC!" 

Leader in Me is the guiding principle and organizing framework for H. E. Corley’s Leadership Magnet.  The Leadership Magnet started at H. E. Corley in 2012 and uses FranklinCovey’s Leader in Me whole-school transformative model process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Leader in Me is based on Steven R. Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the FranklinCovey training by the same name.  The seven habits incorporate principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork and collaboration.

The Lighthouse Certification is a highly-regarded standard set by FranklinCovey Education that is attainable by every Leader in Me school. As it is a significant benchmark, applying for this certification typically occurs three to five years after a school begins the Leader in Me process.

Learn more about the Leader in Me process, please visit