One elementary principal and one secondary principal are chosen from all 50 states and the District of Columbia every year for the prestigious award given annually by the National Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education.
Disibbio, who says the award is a reflection of the students and teachers at his school in Mercer County, was nominated and selected by his fellow principals across West Virginia. Bell, who has been a principal for 11 years and an educator for more than 30, says she was "flabbergasted" to learn she was chosen to receive the award.
“Ben Disibbio and Dreama Bell are outstanding representatives of West Virginia's principals and will represent the state well in the national competition," said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Both are innovative leaders who are respected by their 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.
Disibbio and Bell will join the winning principals from other states to receive their awards during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in October.