One principal is chosen from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the prestigious award given annually by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education.
Kolsun, 54, was nominated and selected by his fellow principals across West Virginia. He has spent 28 years as an educator, including 11 as a principal.
Besides Malden, he also served as a principal in Randolph County at Homestead and Midland Elementary schools and for the West Virginia Department of Corrections at Davis Center and Industrial Home for Youth.
“Bruce Kolsun is an outstanding representative of West Virginia's principals and will represent the state well in the national competition," said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “He’s an innovative leader who is respected by his peers and teachers alike.”
The national award is given to principals with at least five years of leadership experience. They must demonstrate high expectations of students and staff, show evidence of outstanding contributions to their school and profession and be a respected member of the community.
“I love the students and leading them to higher test scores and achievements," Kolsun said. “I became a teacher because I wanted to help make a difference in a child's life. When the opportunity for me to be a school principal arose I thought I could do a good job and help even more students."
Kolsun and the winning principals from other states will receive their awards during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in October.
“To be chosen for this award is a great accomplishment,” Kolsun said. “I’m very honored that my colleagues thought me worthy of such an award.”