CHS's Alan Tenreiro a Finalist for National Principal of the Year
RESTON VA _ Congratulations to CHS Principal Alan Tenreiro, who is officially a finalist for National Principal of the Year. He is one of just three principals nationwide being considered for the honor.
"We're happy to see Alan get this recognition," said Superintendent Phil Thornton. "He and his team have done a tremendous job in transforming Cumberland High School into a statewide - and now a nationwide - leader in educational excellence."
"I think he epitomizes the leadership skills found in all of our principals and assistant principals," Dr. Thornton said. "If it were up to me, all of our principals would be up for this honor. They all do a great job."
Under Mr. Tenreiro¹s leadership, Cumberland High School has seen increases in academic achievement, graduation rates, and the number of students gaining admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the country.
"I'm honored, and humbled," Mr. Tenreiro said. "This recognition isn't about me: its about the students, the teachers, and the leadership team, who do a great job every day. It is our whole CHS community that deserves this recognition."
The NASSP National Principal of the Year Award is given annually to one principal who exemplifies the characteristics research has shown to be most effective in school leadership. The search for the national principal of the year began in early 2015 as each state principals association selected its state principal of the year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three finalists. The finalists will be interviewed by a separate panel of judges on September 15 and the 2016 national winner will be announced during National Principals Month in October.
He worked with school leaders, school committee members, and teachers to establish schoolwide standards aligned to each content area to focus curriculum on transferable skills to ensure success after graduation.
As a result, Cumberland has doubled its Advanced Placement class offerings and expanded their STEM courses to include pre-engineering, robotics, and a biotechnology pathway. Tenreiro also invested in the school¹s current standards-based system, which has led to more uniform expectations for students, clearer feedback to students, and a focus on reporting what has been learned‹not just what students have done.
Working with a dedicated faculty and staff, Tenreiro has built a safe, positive, respectful, and supportive culture that fosters student responsibility for learning and results in shared ownership, pride, and high expectations for all.
"NASSP is delighted to recognize such accomplished principals who have dedicated extraordinary effort to advance student learning,² said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. ³Schools cannot succeed without great leaders committed to the success of each student, and our 2016 finalists clearly model the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that constitute great leadership.²
The three finalists will be recognized during the 2015 NASSP Principals Institute, which convenes all principals of the year from the 50 states in Washington, D.C., September 15-18 for a series of professional development activities and meetings with their members of Congress. The finalists will formally receive their awards during a September 17 Capitol Hill breakfast, at which Sen. Franken will also receive the NASSP Congressional Champion Award.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.