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Strong Principal Recognized

Ellen Minette, Ed.D., 1988, Principal of Heidelberg Middle School in Heidelberg, Germany, a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school, has been awarded the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Middle  Level Principal of the Year Award.

The Award is the result of changes Minette has made since she joined the school in 2000 that have led to signifi- cant academic improvements at the school, including restructuring students' schedules and reassigning teachers to create smaller, grade-level units. "These and other sweeping changes made by Ellen are just a few of the reasons why she was chosen," said NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi. "Ellen, as would any strong   principal, realized that students and faculty in her building had the ability to do great things with the right support. We commend her for her efforts."

Parents of the students at Heidelberg Middle are in many cases deployed to regions that are in the midst of military conflicts, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. DoDEA is a civilian entity that has jurisdiction over all overseas schools on military bases.

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