Washington Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent, Nancy Thomas, is pleased to announce that Mark Mooney, Twinfield Union School Principal, is the recipient of the Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year Award for 2016 – 2017. Students of all grades, staff gathered for an assembly on Wednesday morning to hear the announcement and celebrate.
Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) Executive Director, Ken Page, addressed the school and explained the criteria for effective school leaders that the VPA uses in their selection. How has the principal shaped a vision of academic success for all students, created a climate hospitable for education, cultivated leadership in others, improved instruction and managed people, data and processes to foster school improvement? Mark demonstrates all of these and more in his leadership of the school.
In his five years as Principal of this rural pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school, Mark Mooney has established himself as a leader whose caring, student centered focus and high expectations for staff and student alike is driving important transformational improvements at all ends of the age spectrum. As one staff member who is also a parent of Twinfield students shared: “As someone that has worked in Vermont schools for 16 years, I have experienced many leaders. Mark Mooney is the most inspirational leader I have ever worked for. Mark has a vision for our small school and he knows that vision is only possible with an empowered and caring community of teachers and learners.”
The Vermont Principals’ Association will honor seven distinguished educational leaders at the VPA Leadership Academy awards banquet on Wednesday, August 3rd at Killington’s Grand Hotel. Nominated by their peers and from the public at large, each was selected by a committee of the VPA Executive Council and past award winners for outstanding building and educational leadership.
Through Mark’s leadership, all grades, teachers, parents and community members have coalesced behind his vision and leadership and made significant improvements for the students at Twinfield. Mark walks the walk and people want to follow.