Roger Ward has been named Principal of the Year by Oak Ridge Schools.
Ward has been principal of Linden Elementary School since July 2005.
He began his career in 1990 and has served in many roles as an elementary educator during the past 28 years, a press release said.
“Mr. Ward emphasizes that students need not only to learn academic skills but also to be responsible, respectful, ready, and safe,” the press release said. “Thank you for your continued dedication to the students and staff at Linden and throughout the Oak Ridge Schools family.”
Ward’s nomination will be sent to the state level for consideration, Oak Ridge Schools said in the press release. The state winner will be honored during the annual LEAD Conference in Nashville.
Each year, an outstanding public school principal earns distinction as the Tennessee Department of Education Principal of the Year, the press release said.
“This honor is earned by demonstrating superior abilities in managing and motivating students and faculty, evoking high standards, demonstrating a commitment to excellence, implementing innovative programs, and having a track record of exceptional gains in student learning,” the release said.
To be eligible, a Principal of the Year nominee must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in Tennessee public schools, have a minimum of three years of experience as a principal, and at all levels of recognition, must be employed as a principal in a Tennessee public school system.
Besides Ward, the Oak Ridge candidates for the Principal of the Year were Pearl Goins, principal at Glenwood Elementary School; Sherrie Fairchild-Keyes, principal at Willow Brook Elementary School; and Phil Cox, principal at Jefferson Middle School.
“Congratulations Mr. Ward for this well-deserved honor!” the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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