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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Polk Avenue Celebrates Principal's Retirement, Legacy of Leadership

Gail Quam Spent Entire 36-Year Career at the School


Last updated 6/4/2021 at 3:46pm

Chevon Baccus

Retirement celebration included designating Gail Quam Courtyard.

A courtyard packed full of well-wishers gathered May 27 to celebrate the life and leadership legacy of Polk Avenue Elementary Principal Gail Quam, who is retiring after 36 years at "The Avenue."

The event was full of school traditions and glowing accolades for Quam, who started her teaching career there in 1985. Prior to becoming principal in 2007, Quam served as assistant principal, reading facilitator and teacher in exceptional education, kindergarten and grades 1-3.

Quam was asked to ring the courtyard bell to symbolize she had "met her goal" and was ready for her next adventure. She pr...

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