MSA Principal of the Year Program

Magnet Schools of America's Magnet Principal of-the-Year (POY) Award annually recognizes an outstanding school leader who has succeeded in providing innovative programs that promote equity, diversity, and academic excellence for students in magnet schools. This principal is acknowledged by their peers for exemplary contributions made to their profession.

The award honors a PreK through K-12 Magnet School Principal who has demonstrated excellence in the areas addressed by the following selection criteria:

  • Evidence of leadership in promoting equity and diversity among students and staff within the magnet school;
  • Evidence of leadership toward equitable academic success for all students;
  • Evidence of leadership in supporting the implementation and sustaining of an innovative magnet program;
  • Evidence of leadership within the district and the magnet community.

Congratulations to our 2016 Regional Magnet Principals of the Year:

Press Release

REGION I - CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT

Dr. Nicholas J. Spera
Marine Science Magnet High School
LEARN, Connecticut
Theme(s): Marine Science

REGION II - DE, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV, DC, Int'l

Karen Barnes
Southwest Academy
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Theme(s): Science and Engineering

REGION III - AL, FL, GA, PR, Virgin Islands

Martin T. Reid
Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida
Theme(s): Visual Arts; Performing Arts; Communicative Arts

REGION IV - KY, NC, SC, TN

Shane Barham
Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School
Wake County Public School System, North Carolina
Theme(s): Creative Arts and Science

REGION V - AR, LA, NM, OK, MS, TX

Nanette McCann
Baton Rouge Magnet High School
East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Lousiana
Theme(s): Academic; Visual and Performing Arts

REGION VII - CO, MT, MO, UT, ND, SD, KS, NE, WY

Lura Jo Atherly
Jardine STEM & Career Exploration Middle Magnet Academy
Unified School District No. 259, Kansas
Theme(s): Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Career Exploration

REGION VIII - AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, American Samoa, Marianas Islands, and Trust Territory of the Pacific

Anne Grisham
Sandy Miller Elementary School
Clark County School District, Nevada
Theme(s): International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme