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School Principals

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

Photo of Glenda McFadden When Glenda McFadden began as the principal of the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School in 2013, she knew that drastic changes were needed to prepare students for new rigors of high school and beyond. Having served the school as a theology and math teacher for fourteen years prior to becoming principal, she recognized the… Continue Reading Glenda McFadden, Principal, Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School – Nashua, NH

sheila harrity address nbrs audience Dr. Sheila Harrity offered ceremony attendees both praise and a challenge. Her talk, “Congratulations! What’s Next?” traced how she approached the transformation of Worcester Technical High School (Worcester, MA) from a struggling school to a national example cited by President Barack Obama. Key to her success were a vigorous outreach to local businesses and community… Continue Reading Sheila Harrity, 2013 NBRS Principal: Making Magic Happen–Twice

c kalogeropoulos bell 2016 Under the leadership of Dr. Cynthia Kalogeropoulos, Grove Avenue Elementary has won three National Blue Ribbon School awards—in 1993, 2007, and most recently in 2016. In her 31-year tenure as principal, Dr. K, as she is affectionately known, has made it her mission to teach students that they are “valued and valuable.” Her obvious love… Continue Reading Special Lifetime Leadership Awardee Principal Cynthia Kalogeropoulos: Grove Avenue Elementary School Barrington, IL

Photo of bell awards The Bell Award, named for the former U.S. Secretary of Education, recognizes outstanding school leaders. Principals nominated for this award are committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools. The 2015 awardees are: Jon Cerny, Principal, Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary School – Bancroft, NE Edna Coia, Principal, Francis J. Varieur School – Pawtucket, RI Rosalba De… Continue Reading 2015 Terrel H. Bell Award Recipients

2015 Terrel Bell awardee When Frank L. Huff Elementary School reopened its doors in 1998, the district made a concerted effort to ensure diversity at the K-5 school. Today the student body at Huff Elementary represents 37 countries and 32 home languages. Additionally, 21% of students are classified as English Language Learners, another 20% are identified as gifted and… Continue Reading Heidi Smith, Principal, Frank L. Huff Elementary School – Mountain View, CA

2015 national distinguished principal 2015 National Blue Ribbon School principal Laurie K. King, of Crestline Elementary School in Mountain Brook, AL, has been named one of only 57 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The award honors King for creating strong relationships, outstanding parent involvement, and innovative learning opportunities. She received the 2014… Continue Reading NBRS Principal Named National Distinguished Principal

Principal Katie Decker U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan used a visit to a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy in Las Vegas, NV, to highlight the role of high standards and expectations. Duncan  called Bracken’s story of transformation from a low-performing school to a national model “profound.” View a slide show of Secretary Duncan’s… Continue Reading Duncan Singles Out NBRS Principal for High Praise in Nevada

Arne Duncan The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals have declared October 2013 as ‘‘National Principals Month’’ to honor principals’ dedication to students, teachers, and families all year long. The National Principals Month website contains a host of ideas for celebrating principals this month, including a video contest featuring “props”… Continue Reading Great Schools Have Great Principals

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