Each year, NASSP recognizes outstanding principals as State Principals of the Year. From that pool of winners, we select finalists who are eligible to become the National Principal of the Year.
The accomplishments of these principals are always impressive, and the three 2016 NASSP National Principal of the Year finalists are no exception. They truly serve as an example of just how influential a principal can be.
Patricia Fry (@pshsprincipal), principal of Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, MA, reported for duty 10 years ago to find that behavioral issues were prevalent, the school’s accreditation was at risk, the building was overcrowded by approximately 400 students, and the failure/dropout rate was a major concern. By empowering teachers and encouraging consistency, Fry was able to decrease inappropriate student behaviors and make academics a priority. Making college and career readiness a key goal, she also created an incentive program to encourage students to take AP classes—which resulted in the program’s significant growth and Plymouth being selected as an AP Honor Roll district in 2014. (more…)