Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce
Named 2016 Maine’s NASSP Principal of the Year
Augusta, ME – – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Derek Pierce, Principal at Casco Bay High School, has been named Maine’s NASSP Principal of the Year for 2016. He will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet at its Spring Conference on April 28, 2016.
Mr. Pierce received the award based on his accomplishments as a strong educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture and climate, building student-centered programs, and on his ability to inspire all those around him to meet the learning needs of every student, every day.
In announcing Mr. Pierce’s selection as 2016 Maine’s NASSP Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted, “Derek Pierce has been the constant in the development of Casco Bay High School as a national model for expeditionary learning. His leadership as well as the commitment of the students, staff, and Portland School Department to provide an alternative educational options is commendable.”
Mr. Pierce received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1988 and his Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1993. In addition to being the principal at Casco Bay High School, he is also an Expeditionary Learning Mentor School Principal.
Mr. Pierce is the proud, founding principal of Casco Bay High School and was formerly the principal at Poland Regional High School and Whittier Middle School from 2002-2005. Prior to this he was the Dean of Faculty from 1998-2002. He has taught English, theater, and American Studies in schools from Los Angeles to Gorham from 1990 – 1998.
Mr. Pierce is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He is on the Board for the Pierce Pond Watershed Trust and serves on the Center for Innovation in Education’s Advisory Council.
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.