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Thursday, October 2, 2008 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA) — Dr. Joseph S. Yarworth, assistant professor of education at Albright College, has been selected to receive the prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2008 from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association). Dr. Yarworth will be presented with the award during the annual banquet held in conjunction with the PA Principals Association's 16th Annual State Conference on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh.

The award is given to a person who has been a "friend of public education," and who has made significant contributions to the attainment of educational excellence in the Commonwealth's elementary and secondary schools.

Dr. Yarworth's distinguished 35-year career in education has included time as a language teacher, guidance counselor, school superintendent and college professor. He presented at several PA Principals Association Principals' Leadership Academies and various workshops on testing and job satisfaction for the association. He also facilitated PA Principals Association's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Task Force and produced the position paper, "No Child Left Behind Reauthorization." He is currently facilitating the association's High Stakes Testing Task Force and developing a white paper, which will be published in the fall. He has written more than a dozen journal articles in publications such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, and has taught seminars on testing and assessment for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

"I am deeply honored by the association's recognition," Dr. Yarworth said. "I consider the principalship to be the most important position in school management. Principals organize and manage their schools. With the faculty they provide the leadership needed to enact the academic standards and create an atmosphere that defines achievement for the students. Without their leadership, it is not possible to have a successful school. It has been my pleasure to work with PA Principals Association as a superintendent, a professor and a facilitator over many years." 

He was featured in the October 2008 edition of the American Association of School Administrator's publication, The School Administrator, for his role in fighting censorship and protecting the rights of teachers and principals to select and recommend texts for use in public schools.

After serving as superintendent for 15 years at Muhlenberg and Schuylkill Valley school districts, Dr. Yarworth landed a position as assistant professor of education at Albright College. He also taught graduate courses in curriculum, assessment and administration for Bucknell University, Lehigh University and Wilkes University.

He served in Vietnam as a military training adviser from 1970-1971.

For more information or to schedule an interview or photo, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications, at (717) 732-4999 (office),
(717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's Mission
Assure a quality education for every child in Pennsylvania by comprehensively supporting the educational leaders in our schools.

PA Principals Association's Vision
To be the best service organization of its kind in the United States.

 
Thursday, October 2, 2008 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 400 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in Pittsburgh for the 16th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 19-21, 2008 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

"This conference is dedicated to assist principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders with the many initiatives such as AYP, IDEIA, Act 1, NCLB and others they ecounter on a daily basis," explained Marshall J. Wagner, the 2008 conference chairperson and a retired principal from the Hollidaysburg Area School District.

Dr. Joseph S. Yarworth, assistant professor of education at Albright College, has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2008. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Dr. Yarworth facilitated several PA Principals Association task forces. He also presented at several PA Principals Association Leadership Academies and various workshops on testing and job satisfaction for the association.The award will be presented to Dr. Yarworth during PA Principals Association's annual banquet (6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008).

In addition to the more than 75 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of professional and informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees during the three-day conference. Dr. Todd Whitaker, a best-selling author and professor at Indiana State University, will present, "What Great Principals Do Differently" during the First General Session from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Bill Bond is the specialist for school safety at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). He will present "You Can't Have Student Achievement Unless Your School is Safe, Supportive & Effective" at the Second General Session from 8:30-10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

Also presenting on Monday is Carl Glickman, a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Georgia who has written 13 books on school leadership, educational renewal and the moral imperative of education. His presentation, "Leadership for Powerful and Purposeful Schools," will be given at the Third General Session from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

As the final general session speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Jay McTighe - known for his work with coordinating statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking - will present "Differentiated Instruction to Improve Student Achievement" at the Fourth General Session from 9:45-11:00 a.m. concluding the conference.

Other distinguished speakers and guests include Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dr. Nancy M. Davenport, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and Steve S. Pophal, president-elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications at (717) 732-4999 (office telephone), (717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's Mission: To ensure a quality education for every child by comprehensively supporting the educational leaders of our schools.

PA Principals Association's Vision: To be the best service organization of its kind in the United State.

 
Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, Pa.)—Joseph J. Foriska, retired principal of Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in the Pittsburgh School District, has recently been hired as Western Region Office Manager of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association's membership of approximately 4,000, is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and supervisors and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

 

Foriska took over the association's Western Region Office Manager duties after being approved by the PA Principals Association's board of directors at its annual retreat on Monday, July 14, 2008 in State College.

Foriska replaces Vince Carr, who held the Western Office Manger position for 11 years.

Foriska has served as principal at five schools for the previous 18 years. He retired from Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in June. In his new position, Foriska will act as a liaison between administrator in western Pennsylvania and PA Principals Association's Harrisburg office. One of his primary duties will be advising members on issues related to employment rights and/or Act 93 activities.

"All of us know Joe's integrity and passion for PA Principals Association," said Michael Allison, PA Principals Association president. "He will be a welcomed addition to the organization's staff."

Among his many posts as a 16-year member of the PA Principals Association, Foriska has served as the association's president and as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals.

Foriska will receive PA Principals Association's 2008 Joseph Mamana Award for Meritorious Service at the state conference, which is Oct. 19-21 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh. The award is given to a member in good standing who has performed meritorious service to the association and has made significant contributions to the professional advancement of principals.

"It is my honor and privilege to continue the high standard of service that Mr. Carr brought on behalf of the PA Principals Association as our first Western Office Manager," Foriska said.

Foriska earned a bachelor's degree in education from Edinboro University and a master's in education from California University of Pennsylvania.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Sunday, January 27, 2008 5:00 PM

Reston, VA—Christopher Dormer, assistant principal at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, has been named the Pennsylvania State Assistant Principal of the Year.

The NASSP State and National Assistant Principal of the Year Program annually honors a single winner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) schools. From that pool of outstanding administrators, one national winner is chosen. The state and national winners will be honored at a black-tie event in Washington, DC, in the spring of 2008, for their efforts to make their schools a shining star in their community. During their stay in Washington, the honorees will participate in professional development and networking activities with their peers. VIRCO Inc. (VIRCO), a school furniture manufacturer, is the sole sponsor of the NASSP State and National Assistant Principal of the Year Program.

In order to be recognized as a State or National Assistant Principal of the Year, the honorees have to demonstrate success in the following areas:

Collaborative Leadership

  • Involves teachers, staff members, parents, students, and the community in achieving the goals of the
    school and district
  • Provides direction or focus to achieve the school's goals as a member of the school's leadership team
  • Models continuous professional growth
  • Teaches, coaches, and assists others in professional development that focuses on student learning
  • Balances management tasks with instructional leadership tasks
  • Utilizes effective problem-solving techniques

Curriculum Instruction and Assessment

  • Improves teaching and learning by implementing programs and improvement efforts
  • Observes, supervises, and evaluates teachers and instructional programs to maximize the learning
    opportunities for every student
  • Analyzes multiple sources of data to improve instructional practices and outcomes
  • Demonstrates knowledge of learning, teaching, research, and programs that maximize student
    performance
  • Facilitates in developing and maintaining co-curricular programs that complement the curriculum while
    fostering students' academic success
  • Contributes to make certain all students have access to challenging courses and support mechanisms

Personalization

  • Assists in establishing and maintaining a positive school climate that reflects high student and staff morale
  • Interacts professionally and tactfully with others
  • Assists in creating structures that enable teachers to develop an appreciation for each student's abilities
  • Acknowledges achievement or accomplishments of students and teachers
  • Communicates effectively orally and in writing
  • Models values, beliefs, and attitudes that inspire others to higher levels of performance
  • Assists in developing and maintaining dialogue with representatives of diverse community groups

For more information about the NASSP State and National Assistant Principal of the Year program and winners, please visit www.principals.org/awards or call Kristine Rzewnicki at 703-860-7238.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals—the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders—provides its members with the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well-being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, the National Junior Honor Society™, and the National Association of Student Councils™. For more information on NASSP, NHS, NJHS, or NASC, visit www.principals.org.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Dr. Linda W. Marcincin, principal of Slatington Elementary School in Slatington, Pa., has recently been appointed as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association's membership of approximately 4,000, is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and supervisors and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

 

Dr. Marcincin took over the association's secretarial reins following the annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 held in conjunction with the fifteenth annual PA Principals Association conference in Camp Hill, Pa. (October 21-23, 2007).

Dr. Marcincin previously served as an assistant principal at Northern Lehigh High for two years, and as an assistant principal at Northern Lehigh Middle School for eight years.

She has been a member of PA Principals Association for 13 years. She most recently served as the East II regional elementary representative to the PA Principals Association board of directors. As a PA Principals Association regional representative, she organized principal meetings for the eastern regions. She has also served as a member of the PA Principals Association conference committee, which she has attended regularly for the past five years.

Dr. Marcincin has been a participant in the "Previewing the Principalship" workshop discussion panel for two years, and a participant in the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators' workshop discussion panel for one year. She has had an article published in the NAESP's Principal magazine. She is currently working on certification as a national principal mentor.

Dr. Marcincin earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Moravian College, and a master's of arts degree in English from New York University. She received a certification as a reading specialist from Kutztown University, and holds a principal certification and superintendent's letter of eligibility from Lehigh University. She received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Michael E. Allison, principal of Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa., has recently assumed the Presidency of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association's membership of approximately 4,000, is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and supervisors and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

 

Mr. Allison took over the association reins following the annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 held in conjunction with the fifteenth annual PA Principals Association conference in Camp Hill, Pa. (October 21-23, 2007).

Most recently, he served the association as the 2006-07 president-elect. He has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University in the graduate studies program. Previously, he served as an assistant principal at Hopewell High School for two years after teaching and coaching at South Side Middle School for 10 years.

Mr. Allison has been a member of PA Principals Association and NASSP for eight years. He served as the West II secondary regional representative to the PA Principals Association board of directors for three years. As a PA Principals Association regional representative, he has organized principal meetings for the west regions. He currently serves on the PA Principals Association conference committee.

In 2005, Mr. Allison was a PA Principals Association/Lincoln Investment Planning Community service award recipient. In February 2006, he authored an article for publication in the Pennsylvania Administrator magazine.

In addition to PA Principals Association activities, Mr. Allison is a past president and member of the Midwestern Athletic Conference (MAC) Principal's Association. He has served on the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League softball committee and has presented at various conferences and colleges.

Mr. Allison earned a bachelor of science degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, a master's of education degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an elementary principal certification from Westminster College/Youngstown State University. He participated in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders at Duquesne University.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Dr. Barbara A. Rudiak, immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) and the executive director, school management, K-5 elementary schools for the Pittsburgh School District, was honored as the outgoing president by her peers and invited guests at the fifteenth annual PA Principals Association State Conference in Camp Hill, Pa. Dr. Rudiak was presented with a plaque and a ring for her exemplary service to the association in 2006-2007 during the annual banquet held at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel on Sunday, October 21, 2007.

Dr. Rudiak turned the president's gavel over to Michael E. Allison, PA Principals Association's 2007-2008 president, at the association's annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2007. Mr. Allison is the principal of Hopewell Senior High School in Aliquippa, Pa.

Previously, she served as principal of Phillips Elementary School in the Pittsburgh School District for 13 years. She began her career in education as a middle school teacher for 14 years. She also served as a supervisor of a school improvement program for two years and an assistant principal for two years.

A member of PA Principals Association and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for 13 years, Dr. Rudiak served as the West IV elementary regional representative to the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals (PAESP) board of directors and the PA Principals Association board of directors for five years. She served as a member of the PA Principals Association Conference Committee in 2001 and 2006; and as the PA Principals Association federal relations coordinator for two years. She attended the National Principals' Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2001. In addition, she has attended seven PA Principals Association state conferences; the NAESP/National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Leaders' Conference in Washington, D.C., for three years; and the Northeast Regional Elementary Principals' Conference for two years.

Dr. Rudiak was the recipient of Pennsylvania's National Distinguished Principal (NDP) Award in 2003.

She is involved in various Pittsburgh School District committees, and has served on the executive board for the Pittsburgh Administrators' Association for 15 years.

Dr. Rudiak earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's of education degree from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, October 11, 2007 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) has been selected to receive the prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2007 from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association). Senator Specter will be presented with the award during the annual banquet held in conjunction with the PA Principals Association's Fifthteenth Annual State Conference, Sunday, October 21, 2007, at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Harrisburg, Pa.

 

The award is given to a person who has been a "friend of public education" and who has made significant contributions to the attainment of educational excellence in the Commonwealth's elementary and secondary schools.

Senator Specter is perhaps one of the most ardent supporters of public education and education funding at the federal level.

Senator Specter is currently serving his fifth term, and in 2005, he became Pennsylvania's longest serving U.S. Senator. He is ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations and Veterans Affairs committees. Under his leadership, funding for education has increased more than 130%.

Senator Specter supported the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act, however he feels there should be state flexibility in its implementation.

Senator Specter continues to be a force on Capitol Hill and an advocate of public education. He is to be commended for his continued support of children.

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Joan. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications at (717) 732-4999 (office telephone), (717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, October 11, 2007 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Approximately 200 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in the Harrisburg area for the 15th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 21-23, 2007 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center in Camp Hill.

"This conference is dedicated to assist principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders with the many initiatives such as AYP, IDEIA, Act 1, NCLB and others they ecounter on a daily basis," explained Marshall J. Wagner, the 2007 conference chairperson and a retired principal from the Hollidaysburg Area School District.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2007. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Senator Specter has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth.The award will be presented to the Senator during PA Principals Association's annual banquet (6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2007).

In addition to the more than 80 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of professional and informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees during the three-day conference. Jeffrey B. Clay, Esq., is the executive director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). His presentation, "Your Pension -- Will It Be There When You Are Ready To Retire?" will be given at the First General Session from 2:45-4:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.

Ron Clark, teacher, presenter and co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy, has dedicated his life to impacting the lives of children. He will present "The Ron Clark Story," a message of hope, dedication and the will to never let anything stand in the way of your hopes and dreams at the Second General Session from 8:30-10 a.m. on Monday, October 22.

Also presenting on Monday is Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker. He gives audiences powerful insights on today's generation and the long-term picture. His presentation, "Educating the Millennial Generation," will be given at the Third General Session from 3:45-5 p.m. on Monday, October 22.

As the final general session speaker on Tuesday, October 23, Michael I. Levin, Esq., PA Principals Association's chief legal counsel and president of Levin Legal Group in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will present the "Legal Update" at the Fourth General Session from 9:45-11 a.m.

Other distinguished speakers and guests include the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Barry Stark, principal of Norris Middle School, Neb.; and president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Mary Kay Sommers, principal of Shepardson Elementary School, Fort Collins, Colo. Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Pennsylvania's Education Secretary, has also been invited to attend.

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications at (717) 732-4999 (office telephone), (717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, June 14, 2007 5:00 PM

(HARRISBURG, PA-June 15, 2007) - Ms. Kathryn (Kate) Taylor, principal of Grandview Elementary School in Morrisville, Pa., was selected as Pennsylvania's 2007 National Distinguished Principal. The 2007 celebration marks the 24th year the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the U.S. Department of Education have presented this prestigious award.

"Ms. Taylor was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association)," said PA Principals Association president Dr. Barbara Rudiak.

A graduate of Rowan College, Ms. Taylor previously held the position of classroom teacher in both the Philadelphia Parochial School System and Baltimore County Public School system. She also served as an assistant principal in the Baltimore County public school system and taught as an adjunct professor at Western Maryland College. She has served as a principal of Grandview Elementary School since 2000.

"Research results prove what school communities know from experience - successful schools depend on dedicated instructional leaders," said Vincent L. Ferrandino, NAESP executive director. "This honor represents our deep appreciation to a few of those who are committed to academic, social and emotional development of school children both in the nation and overseas."

The National Distinguished Principals' program is made possible through the corporate sponsorship of AIG VALIC, an industry leader currently managing long-term investment programs for more than 28,000 education, healthcare, public sector and other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in more than 41,000 locations - representing nearly two million investors throughout the country.

In October, Ms. Taylor will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools.

"Criteria for the selection of the principals, set by NAESP and the U.S. Department of Education, require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations," said PA Principals Association President Dr. Rudiak.

Over the last six years, Ms. Taylor has transformed Grandview Elementary School, where low achievement was the norm, into a positive and successful learning community. She focused on creating a safe and respectful school environment. One of her most recent accomplishments was in changing the two K-5 elementary schools into a K-2 school and a 3-5 school. 

Ms. Taylor was nominated for the Baltimore County Teacher of the Year in 1990. In 1997, she was the Performance Learning System's (PLS) National Top Evaluation Scorer and was awarded the Outstanding Instructor Award by the PLS in 1999.

PA Principals Association serves as Pennsylvania's professional educational association for principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders, and now represents approximately 3,900 elementary, middle level and secondary level principals throughout the state. PA Principals Association maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its almost 30,000 members nationwide.

 
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