Kings principal headed to Washington to be honored as National Distinguished Principal

J.F. Burns Principal Cheryl Montag will be honored Oct. 25 as one of 61 elementary and middle school principals from across the country named a 2013 National Distinguished Principal.

The Kings principal is headed to Washington, D.C., to be honored during the two-day National Association of Elementary School Principals’ conference that begins Thursday.

“Only a principal can move a school from good to great, simultaneously championing children and uplifting the communities they serve,’’ said Gail Connelly, NAESP’s executive director.

“We congratulate this class … for their steadfast dedication to educating our nation’s children to their fullest potential.”

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be the guest speaker at the banquet for the honorees. They will share best practices with each other during the conference.

Now in her 29th year in education, Montag was selected a state winner from among 14 nominees by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators.

Two years ago under Montag’s leadership, the school became the only Kings school to be named a Hall of Fame School by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals.

Montage was also on the administrative team when J.F. Burns was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1993.

She has spent her entire career in the Kings district, six years as a teacher, named assistant principal in 1991, becoming the district’s first female principal in 1997.

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