The U.S. Department of Education today bestowed the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership on eight public school principals at the 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony.
The awards were given to the following principals by the U. S. Department of Education, together with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Middle Schools Association, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals:
- Dr. Wesley Sever, Principal, John S. Wash Elementary School, Fresno, CA
- Mr. Wayne Ryan, Principal, Crosby S. Noyes Education Campus, Washington, DC
- Mr. Raymond Myrtle, Principal, Highland Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD
- Mrs. Eleanor Matthews, Principal, Western High School, Baltimore, MD
- Ms. Kimm O'Connor, Principal, Cedar Springs Elementary School, House Springs, MO
- Dr. Donna Newman, Principal, Garner Middle School, San Antonio, TX
- Mrs. Lenora Roundy, Principal, Enoch Elementary School Enoch, UT
- Mrs. Sheila Holas, Principal, Oakwood Elementary School Norfolk, VA
The Terrel H. Bell Award, named for the former U.S. Secretary of Education, recognizes outstanding school leaders and the vital role they play in overcoming challenging circumstances. Principals nominated for this award are school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools. They are principals who do whatever it takes to help their students meet high standards and are committed to the notion that in educating America's children, failure is no option.
The late Secretary Terrel H. Bell held education as his highest priority, trusting that all students would find it their personal key to success as he had. Principals chosen as Bell award recipients have transformed their schools. They have set high standards and expectations for all, including themselves. They have shattered stereotypes that students in poverty or with limited English proficiency cannot achieve at high levels. Their vision and collaborative leadership styles have produced outstanding results for all their students regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. They have shown that with effective leadership and teaching and a conviction that all students can learn, schools are powerful, joyful places that generate energy in their communities.
The Blue Ribbon Schools special leadership award in his name honors Secretary Bell's memory and celebrates school leaders across the country who realizes his vision of excellent education for every student.
NOTE TO EDITORS: A list of the 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools is available at http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/awards.html.