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Toppenish High School Principal Wins National Award

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September 6, 2012 -


TOPPENISH, Wash.- Toppenish High School Principal, Trevor Greene has been named the 2013 Metlife/NASSP High School Principal of the Year, one of the highest honors given to secondary educators.

The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program acknowledges outstanding school leadership and the crucial role of principals who go above and beyond to make their schools the best they can be for students, teachers, and communities. 

Greene has been the principal of Toppenish High School in Yakima since 2009. School officials say since then he has transformed the school culture into one that expects success, graduation and opportunities for the students. As the principal, Greene has added courses, including 27 "Project Lead The Way" engineering and biomedical science classes, a Microsoft IT Academy class, and a robotics class. He made it possible for students to earn 30 college credits by the time they graduate from high school. Green also works towards making parental and community involvement a priority, reaching out to the migrant families and the Yakima Nation on the very reservation where he grew up.

The Thursday morning award was a complete shock to Greene; Toppenish School District Superintendent John Cerna elected to schedule a surprise assembly to present the award after receiving notification from MetLife/NASSP three weeks ago. Greene will be honored at a black tie gala in Washington, D.C., on September 21 to kick off National Principals Month.

The national principal of the year search began in early 2012 as each state principals association selected its state principal of the year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle level and three high school finalists. Greene and Laurie Barron, the national middle level winner, were then selected. Greene and Barron will each receive a grant of $5,000, which must be used to improve school learning.