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La Plata principal receives leadership award

La Plata High School Principal Andy Jackson was named Exemplary New Principal by the northeast Missouri region of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (Stephen Sealey/KTVO).

A heartland principal is one of the best in the business – and now has the hardware to prove it.

The northeast Missouri region of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals recognized La Plata High School Principal Andy Jackson with its Exemplary New Principal award. The award is given to principals who have not been on the job for more than three years and meet the following criteria:

  1. Serves as an active, full-time administrator at the time of district or state selection
  2. Is a member of MASSP (and NASSP for consideration at the national level)
  3. Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for students
  4. Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale
  5. Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change
  6. Willing to take risks to improve student learning
  7. Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school
  8. Works collaboratively with staff to improve the educational program and student achievement
  9. Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them
  10. Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students

“Mr. Jackson is an outstanding instructional leader and a true asset to our school district,” said La Plata R-II Superintendent Dr. Craig Noah. “His attention to detail, work ethic and positive attitude are contagious. He certainly meets all 10 criteria for our building and he does a fantastic job of leading our students and staff. It’s a pleasure to work with him.”

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