Secondary principal of the year finalists support teachers, students


The nine finalists for 2015 Principal of the Year are all rated in the top three tiers of the Principal Excellence Initiative. There are four elementary level finalists, two at the secondary level, and three from magnet and special programs. The winners will be announced at an event to honor their accomplishments Dec. 9.

Washington, Tracie_DadeAs a transformational leader, Dade Middle School Principal Tracie Washington has an unwavering commitment to ensuring that all children will learn by any means necessary.

She has taken personal ownership in building a team that fosters an atmosphere in which all scholars embrace the importance of college and career readiness.

Otha Stewart, a longtime teacher at Dade Middle School, said he has been amazed to watch how Washington has turned around the school, which has seen upheaval and controversy in recent years.

“Mrs. Washington’s dynamic leadership enabled this immense change to take place,” Stewart said. “She graciously accepted the opportunity of taking the lead of one of the most challenging schools in the district and transformed it, even before the students reported to the campus.”

Pinkston High School Principal Dwain Simmons has created multiple avenues to facilitate a collaborative and positive environment with the community.

Simmons works to maximize human potential and build upon employee strengths.

Pamela Lear, Simmons’ supervisor and Executive Director of the Pinkson Feeder Pattern, said Simmons is a visible leader, both on campus and in the community.

“Mr. Simmons demonstrates strong leadership ability and is skilled at building teacher capacity and designing structures and systems of support,” Lear said. “He has established himself as a knowledgeable, skilled, and caring leader. Site and district level leaders, teachers, students, parents, and community members recognize and acknowledge his experience and leadership skills.”

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