You may remember Linda Cliatt-Wayman from her appearance in a May 2013 Diane Sawyer special about Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, which ABC dubbed "one of the most dangerous high schools in the U.S."
Cliatt-Wayman was the new principal at the time, and she hoped a combination of tough love and high standards would improve the school. Amid constant violence and even threats to her life, it was Cliatt-Wayman's responsiblity to save the struggling institution from closure.
"I could not find a principal who was suitable to handle this school," Cliatt-Wayman, who was previously assistant superintendent for Philadelphia Public Schools, said during the TV special. "Therefore, I said to myself, because I love these students ... I will just volunteer to be the principal." To read more http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/linda-cliatt-wayman-prize_566f0f42e4b0e292150eae66?ir=Education