A William Woods University graduate and adjunct faculty member has been named 2011 Missouri High School Principal of the Year.
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) has selected Darin Powell, principal of Bowling Green High School, for the honor.
An adjunct faculty member teaching master of education courses for William Woods University, Powell also was among the first group of graduates of the universityï¿½s specialist of education degree program. He earned the degree in 2004 and was WWUï¿½s commencement speaker in May, 2005.
Powell was awarded the Principal of the Year recognition based on his impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and his personalization of the learning environment.
ï¿½It is a compliment for what the teachers and students do here,ï¿½ Powell said. ï¿½It is definitely an honor to be nominated and selected by my peers.ï¿½
Bowling Green Superintendent Michael Gray wrote that he selected Mr. Powell, “ï¿½ based upon, in part, his vision for high school education, curriculum and instructional knowledge, leadership skills, and his willingness to put forth the energy and effort to move Bowling Green High School forward into the future.ï¿½
Gray continued, ï¿½Mr. Powell has developed and maintains a very supportive climate for staff and students ï¿½ One can sense that the environment is warm, caring, comfortable and safe for all.ï¿½ He also said that ï¿½He works hard in providing support for identified areas of improvement and is personally supportive of staff through the process.ï¿½
Gray described Powellï¿½s leadership style and added, ï¿½One key ingredient in this style of leadership is the ability to build consensus within and among the different groups. Mr. Powell is very skillful in building consensus and giving the groups authority within guidelines to act and move forward.ï¿½
The selection was made from more than 600 high school principals from throughout Missouri.
Powell served as principal at Hannibal High School (2001-2008) and was named principal at Bowling Green High School in 2008. In addition to his William Woods degree, he holds bachelor of science and master of arts in secondary administration degrees from Northeast Missouri (now Truman) State University.
MASSP sponsors the High School and Middle School Principal of the Year Programs. Powell will represent Missouri in the MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principalsï¿½ High School Principal of the Year program.