MetLife and NASSP Name Finalists for 2011 National Principal of the Year

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Six Finalists to Meet with Judges to Determine National High School and Middle Level Winners

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NASSP strives to identify and showcase the best principals across the nation so we can capture and share their effective practices,'' said NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi. ''This year's pool of finalists offer a great deal of experience and expertise from which practitioners and policymakers alike can glean valuable insights.

Six talented individuals from across the country have been named as finalists in the 2011 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program. The search for the National Principal of the Year began in early 2010 as each state principal’s association selected its State Principal of the Year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle level and three high school finalists. The national middle level and high school winners will be named in September and recognized in Washington, DC, during the Principals' Institute for State and National Principals of the Year, September 29–October 2, 2010.

"NASSP strives to identify and showcase the best principals across the nation so we can capture and share their effective practices,'' said NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi. ''This year's pool of finalists offer a great deal of experience and expertise from which practitioners and policymakers alike can glean valuable insights."

These individuals are recognized for their accomplishments as high-achieving principals, all the while making a daily investment in our nation’s future. The finalists are:

  • Ronald Montoya, Valley High School, Las Vegas, NV
  • Wes Taylor, Lowndes High School, Valdosta, GA
  • Marjorie Stealy, Norview High School, Norfolk, VA
  • Jami Bronson, Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter, MI
  • Catherine Carnahan, Duniway Middle School, McMinnville, OR
  • Michael McCarthy, King Middle School, Portland, ME

''Great principals have an essential role in developing and preparing students for a fulfilling life and career,'' said Thomas Hogan, senior vice president, MetLife Resources. ''MetLife is proud to sponsor the National Principal of the Year Program and recognize model leadership in education. We look forward to celebrating the finalists’ contributions with their schools and communities.''

Each finalist will receive a $1,500 grant and the two national award winners -- one high school and one middle level -- will receive additional grants of $3,500. The grants will be used to improve learning at the school (e.g. a special school project and/or professional development opportunities).

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife are strongly committed to supporting the visions of unsung school leaders. For more information about the MetLife/NASSP State and National Principal of the Year Program and winners, please visit http://www.principals.org/poy .

About NASSP

In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The mission of NASSP is to promote excellence in middle and high school leadership. NASSP administers the National Honor Society®, National Junior Honor Society®, National Elementary Honor Society®, and National Association of Student Councils®. For more information about NASSP, please visit http://www.principals.org .

About MetLife Resources

MetLife Resources, a division of MetLife, provides retirement plan and other financial services to healthcare, education, and not-for-profit organizations. MetLife is a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc., a leading provider of insurance, employee benefits and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. reaches more than 70 million customers around the world and MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States (based on life insurance in-force). The MetLife companies offer life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals, as well as group insurance and retirement & savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. For more information, visit http://www.metlife.com/mlr .

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