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McMinnville's Carnahan named national Principal of Year Print E-mail

catherine-carnahan.jpgDuniway (McMinnville) Middle School Principal Cathy Carnahan has been named National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and MetLife, it was announced today.

Carnahan, who was named Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), will be honored by NASSP and MetLife on October 1 at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C., to kick off National Principals Month.

Carnahan was honored today during an assembly at Duniway Middle School.  "The ceremony today was very special," COSA Executive Director Kent Hunsaker said. "Cathy was joined by her entire family, including her mother, Jean, who encouraged her to pursue being a principal.  All 650 students and staff at Duniway attended and gave a two-minute standing ovation.  We congratulate Cathy on her great leadership at Duniway. Cathy is a wonderful example of what collaborative leadership can accomplish in serving students and community. She will be an excellent representative of all the excellent leaders in the Oregon and throughout the nation, who work tirelessly on behalf of kids."

Under Carnahan’s leadership, students at Duniway excel on state assessments and in state and local competitions.  They also contribute to the community, produce in-house school videos directed at improving school climate, and work in collaboration with their peers and teachers.  “Cathy reminds us of why we dedicated ourselves to the education profession,” McMinnville Superintendent Maryalice Russell said.  “She teaches us how to stay focused on learning, and she demonstrates consistently caring about each interaction we have with every student we encounter.  With passion and persistence, she leads staff and students toward excellence every day.”

Carnahan has been principal at Duniway since 2004.  She previously served as assistant principals and as a language arts teacher at the school.  She is in her 37th year as an educator. 

“Whatever it takes!” is the theme embraced by Duniway staff, who have embraced the concept of being a community of learners.  They close each staff meeting by journaling in response to the question, “How could what you learned today impact teaching and learning in your classroom?”

“Oregon is incredibly fortunate to have her leadership and our students will continue to benefit from her optimistic and innovative approach to education. Now the rest of the nation will have a chance to learn from one of the most visionary and compassionate leaders in middle school education," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo said.

Carnahan will be honored at the OASSA/OASSA Principals Conference in Bend, October 17-18, and at the annual COSA Conference in Seaside in June.  She will receive a $5,000 grant to help promote the advancement of learning opportunities for students or other related investments such as capital improvements, the purchase of technology-related equipment, or funding specific educational programs.

The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year program began in 1993 as a means to recognize outstanding middle level and high school principals. The program annually honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.  Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one middle level and one high school principal to represent their state. From these state winners, six finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award.

For more information go to: http://www.principals.org.

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