Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore Discusses Local Education Needs with Members of Congress.
PHOTO: Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore receives the State Principal of the Year Award from NASSP President Jayne Ellspermann and NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Photography
Highlands, NJ – Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore, principal of Henry Hudson Regional School, was honored as state principal of the year at the NASSP Principal of the Year Institute, a Washington, DC event hosted annually by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). During the Institute, Mrs. Kingsmore formally received her award and discussed the needs of local schools with federal policymakers.
Mrs. Kingsmore shared, “Having the opportunity to meet with our elected officials in Washington was a rewarding experience as they sought out my expertise as a school leader and were interested in all the great accomplishments at Henry Hudson Regional which prompted my receiving the award. They also listened to my concerns about the educational system in New Jersey and how important it is to support schools with increased funding for Title I and II.”
“We were honored to have so many extraordinary principals gather in Washington, DC to receive the attention they deserve,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Our goal is to ensure principals are recognized for their work, but also to include principals’ voices in the national conversation about education. The participation of the 2016 state principals of the year provided a set of strong authoritative voices that were truly heard in the halls of Congress.”
PHOTO: Corey Booker, US Senator (D-NJ), Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore.
During the September 11¬–14 Institute, Mrs. Kingsmore met with Senator Booker, Senator Menendez and Congressman Pallone to discuss the creative programs offered to her students as well as to discuss important legislation being approved in the House and Senate. Mrs. Kingsmore spoke passionately about her school and the importance of increased funding for her students. Senator Menendez was most impressed by the student’s Lip Dub, which his entire staff watched several times amazed that this had been done with all the students in the school.
The NASSP Principal of the Year Institute annually gathers the state middle level and high school principals of the year in Washington, DC for several days of professional development, networking, and advocacy activities. From the group of 50 state principals of the year, a panel of judges selected three finalists for National Principal of the Year. Those three finalists participated in interviews at the beginning of the Institute. The NASSP National Principal of the Year will be announced in October in recognition of National Principals Month (www.principalsmonth.org).
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.