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2015 NAESP Assistant Principal of the Year

Kim O'Donnell Named Maine's NAESP 2015 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year
 

Augusta, ME -- The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Kim O’Donnell, Assistant Principal at Buxton Center Elementary School, has been named Maine’s Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for 2015.  She will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet at its Spring Conference on April 30, 2015.
 
O’Donnell received the award based on her  accomplishments as a strong elementary educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture, building student-centered programs, and has been instrumental in creating high quality professional development for the staff in her school and district.
 
In announcing O’Donnell’s selection as 2015 Maine’s Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted, “Kim O’Donnell is extremely deserving of this honor.  She is an outstanding representative of all Maine assistant principals and the key roles they play in leading caring, successful schools.”
 
O’Donnell received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Maine, Gorham in 1989, her Masters in Exceptionality from the University of Southern Maine, Gorham in 1995, and completed her Assistant Principal Program in 2000, also from the University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
 
She has served as the assistant principal at Buxton Center Elementary School since 2008.  Prior to this, O’Donnell was a Kindergarten teacher in Scarborough from 2004-08, a multiage teacher in Scarborough from 1996-04, and served as a Grade 1/Transitional 1/Reading Recovery and Title 1 Reading and Math teacher from 1989-1996.
 
O’Donnell is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the Maine ASCD.
 
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.

2015 NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Joshua Ottow Named Maine's NASSP 2015 Assistant Principal of the Year
 

Augusta, ME -- The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Joshua Ottow, Assistant Principal at Yarmouth High School, has been named Maine’s Assistant Principal of the Year for 2015.  He will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet at its Spring Conference on April 30, 2015.  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. April 15-17, 2015.  The recognition program will include professional development activities, networking opportunities with honorees from the other 49 states, and a black-tie dinner and awards program.
 
Ottow received the award based on his accomplishments as a collaborative educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture, student-centered policies and programs, and as a tireless advocate for assistant principals.
 
In announcing Ottow’s selection as 2015 Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted, “Josh Ottow is an outstanding example of the next generation of school leaders and the increased responsibilities we place on them.  The leadership and support of Principal Ted Hall has been a significant factor in Mr. Otto’s growth and success.”
 
Ottow received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in 2001, his MSEd from the University of Southern Maine in 2005, his CAS from the University of Maine in 2014, and is currently in progress towards receiving his Ed.D. also from the University of Maine.
 
He has served as the assistant principal at Yarmouth since 2011 and prior to that was assistant principal of Mt. Ararat High School beginning in 2007 after teaching history at Mt. Ararat since 2003.
 
Ottow is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Maine Youth Court Advisory Council, Yarmouth Pre-School/Daycare Board of Directors, Congregation Bet Ha’am, and the Cumberland men’s Basketball League.
 
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.

2014 Middle School Principal of the Year Honored

Westbrook Middle School Principal Matt Nelson Named Maine’s Middle Level Principal of the Year

Augusta, ME – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) has named Matt Nelson, Principal of Westbrook Middle School, as Maine’s Middle Level Principal of the Year.Nelson received the award for being a tireless advocate for the students and staff of Westbrook Middle School.  He has focused the attention of the school on student achievement, using data effectively to impact growth.  As a thoughtful, proactive systems thinker, when he speaks, people listen.  He is serious about making school a great experience for everyone and embodies a headstrong momentum toward success.  Acknowledgement of the accomplishments of students, teachers, and school community members are varied, frequent, and meaningful.In announcing Nelson's selection as Maine’s 2014 Middle Level Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Direc-tor Richard Durost noted that “Matt Nelson has a strategic plan for keeping '? rst things ? rst' so that effective instructional leadership and administrative oversight provide a strong foundation for teaching and learning.  He is visible and energetic, recognizing that school success depends largely on the quality of relationships and the health of the school culture.”As Maine’s 2014 Middle Level Principal of the Year, Nelson will be honored at the MPA’s Spring Conference awards banquet on March 27, 2014.  Next fall, he will also be honored by the National Association of Sec-ondary School Principals (NASSP) in corporate sponsorship with MetLife in Washington, D.C.Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Joseph's College and a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern Maine.  He served the Westbrook School System as athletic administrator prior to being named principal of Westbrook Middle School in 2010.Nelson is active in the Maine Principals' Association, serving on committees and participating in professional development offerings.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 principal-ship, supporting principals as educational leaders, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.

Medd Named 2014 HS Principal of the Year

Friday, February 14 at Poland Regional High School

Maine Principals’ Association Names Cari Medd of Poland Regional High School As Maine’s 2014 High School Principal of the Year

Augusta, ME. – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) has named Cari Medd, Principal of Poland Regional High School, as Maine’s High School Principal of the Year.Medd received the award for being an exceptional school leader who champions substantive and lasting school improvement.  She is a leader in standards-based education.  While principal, Medd led initiatives that resulted in a decrease in the school's drop-out rate, an increase in the graduation rate, and growth in the post-secondary enrollment numbers.In announcing Medd's selection as Maine’s 2014 High School Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Direc-tor Richard Durost noted that "Cari Medd is the driving force behind the success of Poland Regional High School.  She helped found the school in 1999, served as a teacher leader in the Humanities Learning Area, became District Curriculum Coordinator, and then assumed the principalship.  Her leadership has expanded to include mentoring of other school administrators."As Maine’s 2014 High School Principal of the Year, Medd will be honored at the MPA’s Spring Conference awards banquet on March 27, 2014.  She will also be honored by the National Association of  Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in corporate sponsorship with MetLife this fall in Washington, D.C.Medd received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1990, a master's degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University in 1992, and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 1998.In addition to her school and district responsibilities, Medd serves on the EducateME Executive Committee and is a frequent presenter at education conferences throughout the country.  In 2002, she was awarded the National Semiconductor Internet Innovator Award.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 principal-ship, supporting principals as educational leaders, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.

Kelli Deveaux Named 2014 Assistant Principal of the Year

Augusta, ME -- The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Kelli Deveaux, Assistant Principal at Windham High School, has been named Maine’s Assistant Principal of the Year for 2014.  She will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet at its Spring Conference on March 27, 2014.  She 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 2014.  The recognition program, sponsored by Virco, Inc., will include professional development activities, networking opportunities with honorees from the other 49 states, and a black-tie dinner and awards program.
 
Deveaux received the award based on her accomplishments as a collaborative educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture, student-centered policies and programs, and as a tireless advocate for assistant principals.
 
In announcing Deveaux's selection as 2014 Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted, “Ms. Deveaux is a visionary educator who consistently inspires her colleagues to bring their best game to the table when it comes to doing what is right for students.  A natural and exceptionally effective leader, Deveaux has an astute grasp of current and emerging best practices and an uncanny capacity for eliciting consensus based on the best interests of students.  She ensures a personalized learning experience for all students and employs an entrepreneurial approach to creative problem solving.  Deveaux represents the very best in school leadership.”
 
Deveaux received her Bachelor of Arts from The University of New Hampshire in 1993 and her MSEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 1995.
 
She has served as the assistant principal at Windham High School since 2002 and prior to that was an English teacher and teacher leader at South Portland High School.  She has also been active in the Maine Principals' Association's Professional Management Committee and the Board of Directors, and as chair of the Board of Directors of the Principals' Academy.
 
Deveaux is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Women Administrators of Cumberland and York Counties, Assistant Principals' Cohort, and the New England Consortium of Secondary Schools.
 
The Maine Principals’ Association is a professional association representing Maine’s K-12 principals and assistant principals.  The Association dates its history 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.

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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