Kimberlee Bennett Named 2019 Maine NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Augusta, ME – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Kimberlee Bennett, Assistant Principal of South Portland High School, has been named Maine’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year.  She will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet at the Spring Conference on April 25, 2019, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.

kim bennett 2019Miss Bennett received the award based on her authentic, student-centered leadership approaches in her seven years as Assistant Principal of South Portland High School. Miss Bennett has a track record of addressing school issues in a positive, proactive manner, including the “Hassle to Tassle” initiative and efforts to ensure that all students feel as though they belong at her school.

In announcing Miss Bennett’s selection as 2019 Maine’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted, “Miss Bennett’s efforts in recognizing a changing student population at South Portland High School and her impact on the positive culture of the school is commendable.  Significant increases in the school’s graduation rate and her involvement as an instructional leader all lead to the conclusion that she is an outstanding Assistant Principal!” 

Miss Bennett received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1997.  She then went on to earn her Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 2011.

She began her educational career in 1997 where she was a Special Education teacher for two years in Fryeburg.  She then went on to Gorham Middle School as a special education teacher for twelve years.  Miss Bennett then moved to South Portland High School where she has served as Assistant Principal for the past seven years.

Miss Bennett is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

The Maine Principals’ Association is a professional association representing Maine’s K-12 educational leaders. The Association dates its history back to 1921 and focuses its work on promoting the principalship, educational leadership, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.

2013 Elementary Principal of the Year No Small Feat

Maine Principals’ Association Names
Lori Smail of Farrington Elementary School in Augusta
As Maine’s 2013 Elementary Principal of the Year


Augusta, ME. – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) has named Lori Smail, Principal of Farrington Elementary School in Augusta, as Maine’s Elementary Principal of the Year.

Smail received the award for successfully implementing school initiatives that have enhanced the learning environment of her students through climate and culture change, community involvement, and a hands-on approach marked by energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.

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Kennebunk HS Secretary Awarded

Kennebunk High School Secretary Karen Dumont
Named "Maine School Secretary of the Year"


Augusta, ME – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) has named Karen Dumont, secretary at Kennebunk High School, as Maine's School Secretary of the year.

Dumont, a resident of Kennebunk, received the award for her people skills, compassion, can-do attitude, organization, and ability to know and always do what is best for Kennebunk High School.  She was nominated for this award by Susan Cressey, Principal of Kennebunk High School.

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Kilpeck Honored

Penobscot Community School Secretary Christine Kilpeck
Named "Maine School Secretary of the Year"


Augusta, ME – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) has named Christine Kilpeck, secretary at Penobscot Community School, as Maine's School Secretary of the year.

Kilpeck, a resident of Castine, received the award for her leadership, service, understanding, patience, and working beyond expectations.  She has impacted her school by making it a more positive and caring place.  Her attitude, worth ethic, and presence help make those around her better people.  She was nominated for this award by Penobscot Community School Principal Allen Cole.

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Sacopee Valley Middle School AP Recognized

Michael Lane Named 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year

 

Augusta, ME -- The Maine Principals' Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Michael Lane, Assistant Principal at Sacopee Valley Middle School, Hiram, has been named Maine's Assistant Prin­cipal of the Year for 2013. He will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet at its Spring Conference on March 28, 2013. He will also be recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals at a three-day program to be held in Washington, D.C. in April of 2013. The recog­nition program, sponsored by Vireo, Inc., will include professional development activities, networking opportunities with honorees from the other 49 states, and a black-tie dinner and awards program.

 

Lane received the award based on his accomplishments as a collaborative educational leader, a leader in the development of a positive school culture, student-centered policies and programs, and for his work in developing relationships throughout the community.

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2012 Service to Maine Youth

Maine Principals’ Association Names
2012 Service to Maine Youth Awardees

Augusta, ME – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) has named Al Feather of Belgrade and Ryan Holmes of Topsham as the recipients of the MPA’s Service to Maine Youth Award. This award, which is given annually, recognizes individual adults who have made an outstanding contribution to the youth of Maine through education and/or the general welfare of Maine youth. As the 2012 Service to Maine Youth awardees, Feather and Holmes will be honored at the MPA’s Spring Conference awards banquet on April 26.

For the past eight years, Al Feather has volunteered in multiple areas at the W.G. Mallett School and Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. Though he does not live in the community, his service to the young people of Farmington is extensive. Initially Feather began as a lunch buddy/mentor but quickly expanded his commitment to become an advisor who founded the Mt. Blue High School Interact Club in partnership with the Farmington Rotary Club. A master at integrating and coordinating projects to benefit the schools, Feather spearheaded the effort to fund and build picnic tables and a year later a gazebo as part of his Sun Safety program for Mallett School.

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