The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its regular monthly meeting for April for today at 11:30 a.m.


“We’ll meet at The Greens at North Hills,” Marcia Cook, the chamber’s executive director, said. She also encouraged those attending to carpool as a golf tournament is set for the same time and parking could be a challenge.


Tracy Allen, Sylvan Hills High School Principal, will present this month’s program. The chamber has named Allen as the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.


Allen is a Sherwood native and graduated from the Sylvan Hills in 1990.He has 18 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. He and his wife, Tamara, have two children.


Allen earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from UCA and his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. Allen is currently in his third year as principal of Sylvan Hills High School. Prior to returning home, Allen served as principal at both North Pulaski High School and North Little Rock High School.


“Tracy believes that all students can learn, just not in the same way on the same day. He has had the opportunity to share his philosophy of teaching with the staff, students and parents of Sylvan Hills High School,” Cook said.e.


In a release issued by the Pulaski County Special School District, the following are some of Allen’s educational philosophies:


— Teachers shall differentiate instruction to satisfy varying learning styles.


— Rules will be enforced consistently to promote a healthy learning environment.


— The curriculum shall elicit higher order thinking skills and problem solving skills from ALL students.


— Teachers will set high academic expectations for all students; students will set high academic expectations for themselves.


“Currently, Mr. Allen is working hands-on with students at the school to improve student voice to so that students are connected to the school and feel a sense of ownership. He is also working with a facility improvement committee to improve the exterior aesthetics of the school,” adds a release issued by the district.


The chamber’s statement added, “Tracy is very supportive of our community and encourages his students to be. He attends many of our monthly Chamber luncheons, and when he does, he brings a student with him. He consistently nominates students for various Sherwood Rotary youth awards.”


Since he accepted the position as SHHS principal, he has become trusted and respected by the parents, faculty and students there, according to the chamber.


“His quiet demeanor allows him to lead with dignity and confidence. Many communities wish they had a leader like Tracy: Discipline is down, student and family participation in various school programs has increased and students are exceeding academically in the classroom. Tracy Allen has been called the “Big Man on Campus,” not because of his 6’5” frame, but because of his strong leadership ability.


The luncheon will be catered by Two Sisters Catering.


The chamber continues to make plans for its April 12 bus trip to Oaklawn. “We still have a few seats left, so let us know ASAP if you’d like to go,” Cook saidt. “The price of $65 a person includes transportation, admission to the track, all-day seating in the Oaklawn Jockey Club (dress code required), Winner’s Circle Buffet, and racing program.”