Kathleen A. Carney is among 61 elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2013 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Carney is principal of Herkimer Elementary School and will be honored on Oct. 25 at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program.
Established in 1984, the program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities.
The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools.
NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the honorees for being exemplars of successful school leadership. “Only a principal can move a school from good to great, simultaneously championing children and uplifting the communities they serve,” she said in a news release. “We congratulate this class of NDPs for their steadfast dedication to educating our nation’s children to their fullest potential.”
October is a fitting month to acknowledge the work of principals, as legislation has been introduced in both chambers of congress declaring October 2013 National Principals Month. National Principals Month was established to recognize and honor the contributions of school principals and assistant principals toward the success of the nation’s students, and encourage awareness of their significance.