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Terrel H. Bell Award

Daniel Crispino Three years ago, Mr. Daniel Crispino assumed a major leadership role in transforming John Barry Elementary from a designation of “failing” to receiving the National Blue Ribbon School recognition in 2019. Principal Crispino played a pivotal role in moving one of the lowest performing schools in the district to one of the highest performing schools.… Continue Reading Daniel Crispino, Principal John Barry Elementary School Meriden, CT

Alisa Bender Growing up in Hawaii, Alisa Bender always hoped to be a strong leader and to inspire leadership in others. After an early career in journalism, she switched to education, becoming a Special Education teacher, English Language Arts co-teacher, Vice Principal and eventually, Principal. Throughout Principal Bender’s administrative career, she cultivated a leadership style that is… Continue Reading Alisa Bender, Principal Lt Col Horrace Meek Hickam Elementary School Honolulu, HI

Lusher Charter School In New Orleans, Louisiana, Lusher Charter School serves students in grades K-12 by integrating the arts across all grade levels and disciplines. As the school’s CEO puts it, “Lusher is a school where a student can come and thrive regardless of the level of their talents. We’ll use the arts when we’re happy, when we’re… Continue Reading Building Culture and Enriching Learning through Art

2018 Terrel H. Bell Awardees Honored for Outstanding School Leadership The 2018 Terrel H. Bell awardees for outstanding leadership have been named. They are joined this year by a special Lifetime Leadership awardee. The eleven National Blue Ribbon School principals will be recognized on November 7th during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Read about each awardee below: 2018 Terrel H.… Continue Reading 2018 Terrel H. Bell Awardees Honored for Outstanding School Leadership

Kathleen Hurstell Riedlinger Kathleen Hurstell Riedlinger has spent her professional career as a leading voice for urban arts education in New Orleans public schools. In 1981, when Kathy Riedlinger became principal of Lusher Elementary School, the K-6 school served 525 students in an uptown New Orleans neighborhood. The school’s test scores ranked 12th in the district, students from… Continue Reading Special Lifetime Leadership Awardee Kathleen Hurstell Riedlinger, CEO Lusher Charter School – New Orleans, LA

Demetrios Demopoulos The desire to build and sustain a culture of excellence and innovation drives Principal Demetrios Demopoulos’s leadership style, and his humble beginnings had a lasting impact on his views of education. Principal Demopoulos’s path began in a small town in Greece where the value of education was sparked by family and reinforced by influential teachers… Continue Reading Demetrios Demopoulos, Principal Archimedean Upper Conservatory Miami, FL

Aisha Thomas Principal Thomas’ belief in a collaborative approach and working with people toward a shared vision is at the heart of Zach Elementary School’s success. When Aisha Thomas took the principal position at Zach Elementary School in 2013, she was no stranger to the Poudre School District. Having served the district for eleven years as an… Continue Reading Aisha Thomas, Principal Zach Elementary School Fort Collins, CO

Tracey Speaker-Gerstheimer Founded in 2008, the goal of Northwest Early College High School (NWECHS) is for students to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree from El Paso Community College (EPCC). The school, consisting of 28 portable classrooms, is located on the edge of EPCC northwest campus. In 2014, Tracy Speaker-Gerstheimer, became principal just two… Continue Reading Tracy Speaker-Gerstheimer, Principal Northwest Early College High School El Paso, TX

Elizabeth Riesenberger Principal Elizabeth Riesenberger embraces the role of being an instructional leader who focuses the efforts of the staff and families on the development of the whole child. With her belief in and implementation of shared leadership, she has nurtured a positive support system among staff. She developed the school’s first building leadership team (BLT) which… Continue Reading Elizabeth Riesenberger, Principal John Foster Dulles Elementary School Cincinnati, OH

Nongongoma Majova-Seane, Principal Stanton College Preparatory School Jacksonville, FL Nongongoma Majova-Seane brought a philosophy and passion grounded in the African concept of Ubuntu, or human kindness, to Stanton College Preparatory School. It is the idea that humanity is interconnected and that “I am because we are.” As a child growing up in Soweto, South Africa under the reign of apartheid, Majova-Seane was inspired by… Continue Reading Nongongoma Majova-Seane, Principal Stanton College Preparatory School Jacksonville, FL

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