District names eight principals as finalists for top honor in 2018

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Dallas ISD has named eight finalists for the 2018 Principal of the Year awards. Later this month, two winners will emerge: one elementary principal and one secondary principal.

Elementary finalists are:

• Dr. Nancy Bernardino, Solar Preparatory for Girls
• Chase McLaurin, Walnut Hill Elementary School
• Israel Rivera, Jose “Joe” May Elementary School
• Damien Stovall, Edward Titche Elementary School

Secondary finalists are:

• Dr. Janice Lombardi, Skyline High School
• Lasandra Sanders, School of Health Professions at Townview Center
• Dwain Simmons, L.G. Pinkston High School
• Arnoldo Zuniga, Dallas Environmental Science Academy

The process includes an application, requires at least three letters of recommendation and responses to two questions: 1) As a campus school leader, how do you empower or inspire your teachers to deliver quality instruction and be agents of change on your campus? 2) If you were the head of the Department of Education, what would be two things you would change, enhance, add, or fix to improve education for the students at your school? Applicants were also subject to in-person interviews.

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