Terry M. Nelson, principal at Midland Elementary School in Randolph County, is West Virginia’s 2010 National Distinguished Principal of the Year, and Boyd Mynes, principal of Martha Elementary School in Cabell County, is West Virginia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal of the Year.
“Both of these principals have shown they are innovative leaders who are respected by their peers and teachers alike,” said state Board of Education President Wade Linger. “They are outstanding representatives of West Virginia's principals.”
Each year, 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. The 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.
“A good principal leads schools in a way that places student and adult learning at the center,” said Nelson, who has been a principal for 14 years.
Mynes, who has worked more than 30 years in West Virginia’s public school system, said he believes the key to moving education forward is to be willing to adapt.
"You have to be able to take risks and keep going," Mynes said. "It's inevitable that you'll have to make decisions and change."
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--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.