Ohio Principal Named
National Middle Level Principal of the Year

WASHINGTON, DC. — Doug Lowery, principal of Hilliard Memorial Middle School in Hilliard, Ohio, was named the 2004 MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year.

Lowery received the award for demonstrating excellence in resolving complex problems, involving the local community in the life of the school, and his consistent success in improving Hilliard Memorial's overall learning environment. Lowery will receive $10,000 as part of his award.

"Doug Lowery thoroughly understands that students - especially adolescents - need to feel connected to their school and surroundings in order to be successful," stated Dr. Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director, NASSP. "Hilliard Memorial's success can be attributed in large part to Lowery's ability and dedication to his students, staff, and community. We are proud to have him as the 2004 National Middle Level Principal of the Year."

"MetLife Resources proudly salutes Doug Lowery for his dedication, persistency and devotion to the students of Hilliard Memorial Middle School," said Michael K. Farrell, chief executive officer, MetLife Resources. "Doug's unique and proactive approach to developing a learning vision for Hilliard Memorial demonstrates his commitment to both students and the entire school community. His ability to both anticipate and respond to student needs makes him a truly forward-thinking educational leader."

Having successfully opened three middle schools in the district, Lowery knows the importance of rallying the support of both the school and community at large. "Real leadership demands shared vision, and shared vision only comes through the support of all stakeholders in a school community," said Lowery. "Social skills classes, service learning opportunities, and the celebration of diversity all contribute to a learning environment founded on trust and dedication to student achievement."

Focusing on both academic standing and student physical well-being, Lowery initiated a comprehensive exercise physiology program for all students that provides heart monitors and an exercise room equipped with a variety of equipment. Lowery's attention to all of a student's growth needs has garnered the school a variety of awards, including an Ohio Best Practice Award and an Ohio Department of Health Silver Award for Buckeye Best/Healthy Schools.

"For 12 years, our district has been blessed to have Doug on our administrative team and we look forward to many more years of his leadership," stated Dale A. McVey, Superintendent, Hilliard City School District.

In February 2003, Lowery was named the 2003 Ohio Middle Level Principal of the Year. Lowery was one of three state finalists selected from candidates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA).

The National Association of Secondary School Principals-the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders-provides its members the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well-being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP sponsors the National Honor Society™, the National Junior Honor Society™, and the National Association of Student Councils™.

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