Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association have announced the 2016-2017 Principals of the Year award winners. There are four categories that are awarded, Elementary Principal of the Year, Middle School/Junior High Principal of the Year, High School Principal of the Year, and Assistant Principal of the Year. Andrew Johnson, assistant principal at Teutopolis High School, was named the Assistant Principal of the Year for 2016-2017.
These awards recognize principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community. Criteria for the awards include:
- Demonstrates a positive impact on education and advocacy for children
- Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale
- Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change
- Willing to take risks to improve student learning
- Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school
- Works collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve the educational program and student achievement
- Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them
- Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students.
“Each of these individuals is to be commended for the leadership they exhibit in their schools every day,” states Jason Leahy, IPA Executive Director. “School building leaders have one of the most demanding jobs anywhere. The learning communities of these outstanding people have much to be proud of.”
Principal of the Year winners are selected from a pool of region nominees provided by the 21 Regions of the Illinois Principals Association and winners will be recognized at the IPA annual Education Leaders Fall Conference in October 2016. Assistant Principal of the Year will be recognized at the IPA Education Leaders Summer Conference in 2017.