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PRESS RELEASE

September 14, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Winn Announces Outstanding Principals

TAMPA — Education Commissioner John L. Winn last night announced the winners of the 2006 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. The announcement was made at the Third Annual Commissioner's Summit for Principals hosted by the Department of Education and the Florida Association of School Administrators.

"I am proud to honor these outstanding administrators for their accomplishments," said Commissioner Winn. "Through their innovative leadership and dedication to academic excellence, Florida's schools have increased student performance and established safe learning environments for our children."

The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes school administrators for increasing student achievement performance levels, establishing community partnerships and parental involvement, providing assistance for at-risk and special needs students, and developing innovative strategies to positively impact the school and learning environment. This year, 26 school districts participated in the program.

Award winners were chosen from among 48 district nominees statewide. Fifteen regional finalists were selected at three school levels — elementary, middle and high school — with one winner from each being chosen. Each state winner was presented with a plaque, certificate, a check for $2,500 and a $1,000 check for their school.

The winners of this year's Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership are:

Elementary School
Loreen Francescani
Warfield Elementary
Martin County

Middle School
Valerie Wanza
Lanier-James Education Center
Broward County

High School
John Thomas
Palm Bay High School
Brevard County

In addition, the winners of the 2006 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award were announced. The award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals who have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships with parents and community members. Each state winner will receive a plaque, certificate, a check for $1,000 and $500 for their school. This year, 17 districts participated in the program.

The winners of this year's Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award are:

Elementary School
Glenn Rustay
Port St. Lucie Elementary School
St. Lucie County

Middle School
Sherri Bowman
Kennedy Middle School
Brevard County

High School
Chip Osborn
Charles Flanagan High School
Broward County

For more information about the Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership Program and the Outstanding Assistant Principal Award Program, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/rec_prog.htm