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Susanne Smith, 503-947-5637

September 9, 2010

State Superintendent of Schools Congratulates Oregon Principal Catherine Carnahan on Winning National Principal of the Year Title

SALEM – “Today Oregon principal Cathy Carnahan won the top distinction of National Principal of the Year from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. I am so pleased and honored to share one of Oregon’s finest with the rest of the nation. She is an excellent role model for our state and for our nation as we focus on the educational reforms necessary to boost student success.”

“As principal of Duniway Middle School in McMinnville School District, Cathy has built an environment where communication and collaboration are the foundation for meeting the needs of each and every student. She provides ample learning opportunities for teachers through a variety of trainings and workshops. This strong system of professional development is enhanced by a collaborative environment where teachers can learn together and from each other to address the unique learning challenges of their students.”

“Cathy believes in the potential of every student. She strives to create a positive climate that is focused on the needs of the whole child – a place where quality instruction and curriculum come together in a way that makes education relevant and engaging for students.”

“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.”

Catherine Carnahan will be honored at the State and National Principal’s Institute and Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20-23. She will receive a $5,000 grant. The grants are used to 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/.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Susanne Smith, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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