Jeremie Smith selected as Principal of the Year
Mattoon Middle School Principal Jeremie Smith was selected as Middle School Principal of the Year. The award is sponsored by Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association.
"This is a very prestigious honor and we are very proud of Jeremie's accomplishment," said Larry Lilly, Mattoon school superintendent.
The Horace Mann, IPA Principal of the Year Award program annually recognizes outstanding middle school leaders who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students. The program honors middle school principals who have demonstrated that they excel in criteria including the following:
--Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
--Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale
--Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change
--Willing to take risks to improve student learning
--Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school
--Works collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve educational
programs and student achievement
--Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them
--Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students
"Being committed to improving the learning opportunities of middle level children and the teachers of middle level students really is something that I have never considered work," said Jeremie Smith. "It is my passion. It's what I set my mind to do every day that I am blessed to set my feet on the floor."
Smith doesn't think success of the middle school child (or any child for that matter) revolves around a central curricular concept or instructional idea or mandated initiatives. Smith feels obligated to be a servant to children, their families and to teachers.
"I can help them by being involved with organizations and committees at the local, state and national level because it's important to be a voice for children."
Jason Leahy, executive director, IPA, said middle school principals serve students at a critical juncture of their learning and development.
"Mr. Smith is to be commended for his leadership and efforts to do what is best for his students," said Leahy.
The Middle School Principal of the Year winner is selected from a pool of region nominees provided by the 21 Regions of the Illinois Principals Association. Smith will be recognized at the IPA's annual fall conference this October and will receive a $1,000 honorarium. This award affords him the opportunity to compete for the National Middle School Principal of the Year sponsored by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves more than 4,500 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois.