In a surprise presentation at the high school this morning, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators named Douglas Crowley of DeForest Area High School as the winner of this year’s Associate Principal of the Year Award.
The Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year program recognizes an associate principal whose leadership has resulted in improved student learning, instructional collaboration, and a safe and positive school environment. Nominations come from fellow administrators, school board members, teachers, students, or parents. The selection criteria for representing the state’s school associate principals include a commitment to personal excellence; collaborative leadership; personalization; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and being an established and respected member of the community.
Crowley has been the associate principal of DeForest Area High School for nine years. During this time, he has continuously demonstrated a commitment to students and to meet his school district’s mission to provide an excellent education and engage, challenge, and inspire all students to pursue their full potential. He has done this by working to continuously improve instruction in his school, seeking to grow his leadership skills and engaging students in a variety of ways, including by dressing up in various costumes over the years.
“The Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year program puts a spotlight on associate principals whose outstanding work positively impacts student learning, ensures a positive school climate, and leads instructional innovation,” said DeForest Area School District Superintendent Eric Runez. “Doug Crowley embodies that type of leadership, so I am thrilled to have him recognized for his efforts, not only for DeForest Area High School, but across the state.”
The Associate Principal of the Year Selection Committee comprises representatives from the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, the Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, and, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Major support comes from the Meemic Insurance Company.
Mr. Crowley will formally accept a plaque at the State Associate Principal Conference on January 26, 2017 in Madison. In addition, he will receive a check for $1,000 for use on a project at his school. Finally, Mr. Crowley will represent Wisconsin at the National Principals’ Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July, where the 50 national Associate Principals of the Year will be honored.
“It is a tremendous honor to recognize school leaders with this annual award,” said Jim Lynch, Executive Director of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. “strong leadership is critical to student success and Doug’s work represents the dedicated service of associate principals throughout Wisconsin.”