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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.

In announcing Smail's selection as Maine’s 2013 Elementary Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted that “Lori Smail has positively impacted the climate of her school with a focus on academic success and school pride.  As a hands-on school leader, her priority is being visible throughout the school and accessible to students, parents, staff, and community members.  She is an exceptional leader who employs her organizational and interpersonal skills to make student learning a shared, school-wide goal.”  Effective communication is at the heart of her practice."

As Maine’s 2013 Elementary Principal of the Year, Smail will be honored at the MPA’s Spring Conference awards banquet on March 28, 2013.  She will also be honored by the National Association of Elementary  School Principals (NAESP) in corporate sponsorship with VALIC in October in Washington, D.C.

Smail received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College of Vermont in 1986 and a Master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Maine in 2002.

Prior to her appointment as principal of the Farrington Elementary School, Smail  served as principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Augusta, Wales Central School, and as assistant principal at Sabattus Elementary School.  As an active member of the MPA, Smail has served on the Field Hockey Committee and is now a member of the Finance Committee and the Tennis Committee.

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

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