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Recently, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) named their Middle and High School Principals of the Year. U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige recognized the winners at an awards gala during the Principals’ Policy Institute for State and National Principals of the Year, which was held from Nov. 10-13. The MetLife NASSP National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who demonstrate success in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others, and community service.

The 2002 MetLife/NASSP Middle School Principal of the Year is Dr. Kevin McHuge, principal at Pennwood Middle School in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Dr. McHugh excels at being the instructional leader of his middle school, using his knowledge of the needs of adolescents, and his understanding of teaching methods, and the delivery of programs and services to consistently improve teaching and learning at Penwood. Dr. McHugh plans to use the $10,000 MetLife grant to purchase a student management software package that is aligned with the Pennsylvania academic standards and will provide teachers with a system for accurately tracking standards attainment of all students.

The 2002 MetLife/NASSP High School Principal of the Year is Dr. Sharon Buddin, principal at Ridge View High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Under Dr. Buddin’s leadership, Ridge View has incorporated a number of innovations to improve teaching and learning and academic success. These include revised class schedule options and four “schools within-a-school,” which have addressed the unique educational needs of various groups of students. Dr. Buddin will use the $10,000 MetLife grant to help establish a cyber cafĂ© for educators and students in her school to provide a place for teachers and students to access technology, and give both groups a comfortable setting to extend their knowledge and skills.

For more information on the 2002 Middle and High School Principals of the Year, please visit the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ website.

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