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Templeton leader chosen middle school principal of the year

Templeton Middle School Principal Patricia Polczynski was selected the “2006 Middle School Principal of the Year” by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).

Polczynski, who has been the Templeton principal since 1996, was characterized in the AWSA announcement of her selection as having “great instructional leadership skills.”

“Ms. Polczynski fostered a shared vision of middle level education which has resulted in Templeton Middle School becoming a child-centered organization that nurtures children to the highest standards of academic achievement,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said.

Polczynski was one of four principals chosen as 2006 Wisconsin Principals of the Year. Distinguished leaders were chosen to represent elementary school, assistant, middle school and high school principals. To be selected Principal of the Year, principals must be nominated by their colleagues for achievements above and beyond the usual school program. They must maintain high expectations of staff, show evidence of outstanding contributions to their school and their profession, and be an established and respected member of the community.

In announcing the recipients, State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster said the honored principals represent the many fine administrators who lead public education in Wisconsin.

”Principals are the standard bearers for their schools,” Burmaster said, “setting the climate and expectations for academic success for both staff and students. Their enthusiasm for educating all children, coupled with high standards for academic achievement, help our efforts to close the achievement gap.”

Cooke credited Polczynski with placing critical focus on student achievement.

“Achievement data illustrate the outstanding accomplishments that have been realized under her watch,” Cooke noted. “In the truest sense, Templeton Middle School is a learning community due to Ms. Polczynski’s vision, leadership and collaboration.”

Polczynski will be honored by MetLife, an insurance company, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals at its annual Principal’s Institute and Awards Banquet in Washington