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October 3, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Blomberg Announces 2007 Principal Achievement Award Winners

ORLANDO Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg last night announced the winners of the 2007 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership during the Fourth Annual Commissioner's Summit for Principals hosted by the Department of Education and the Florida Association of School Administrators.

"I am thrilled to recognize these outstanding principals for their accomplishments," said Commissioner Blomberg. "It is through their instructional and administrative efforts that education goals are reached and relationships with parents and the community are nurtured.

Established in 1988, 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.

Award winners were chosen from among district nominees statewide. Nine 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 trophy, certificate, a check for $2,500 and a $1,000 check for their school.

The winners of the 2007 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership are:

Elementary School
Reva Vangates
Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River Elementary School
Miami-Dade County

Middle School
Dr. Winston A. Whyte
Howard D. McMillan Middle School
Miami-Dade County

High School
Adrianne F. Leal
Coral Reef Senior High School
Miami-Dade County

The winners of the 2007 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award were also 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 trophy, certificate, a check for $1,000 and a $500 check for their school.

The winners of the 2007 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award are:

Elementary School
Sherry L. Aemisegger
McMullen-Booth Elementary School
Pinellas County

Middle School
Hilca Thomas
Howard A. Doolin Middle School
Miami-Dade County

High School
Dawn M. Baglos
Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
Miami-Dade 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/cpaa.asp.