Pikesville High School Principal Sandra Reid was recently selected Maryland’s 2018 High School Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals, the Baltimore County Public Schools announced.
A statement released stated that Reid went into the school’s library media center expecting a meeting about staffing. Instead, there was a jazz band playing, with staff and students all cheering as Reid learned of her award.
“Sandra Reid is an exemplary school leader — enthusiastic, effective, steadfast and dedicated,” said BCPS Superintendant S. Dallas Dance in the statement. “In just a few years at Pikesville High School, she has created a school culture that empowers teachers and students to achieve at the highest levels.”
Also, a video of Reid being informed of the honor was posted to the school’s Twitter account (@Pikesville HS) the other day, showing how both surprised and honored the principal felt when hearing the news.
It clearly touched her. “This is an immense honor,” Reid said, after appearing to wipe away tears once realizing what was happening. “I don’t feel deserving of it but thank you for this recognition. It means the world to me – and you do, too.”
Also on school’s website, right near the top, was written, “Congratulations to our PAWsome principal, Sandra Reid, who has been named MASSP secondary principal of the year!”
Reid will be given the award at the MASSP Spring Conference, which is set for Mar. 30-April 1 in Cambridge, and at a Maryland State Board of Education meeting in September.
Reid took over as Pikesville’s principal in 2015 after working as principal at Pine Grove Middle School for eight years. She started working in the county school system as a teacher at nearby Randallstown High School.
This isn’t Reid’s first big award – she also was picked as the BCPS Secondary Principal of the Year in 2016.
The BCPS statementsaid that the MASSP annually looks for nominations for Maryland’s best middle and high school principals.
There were more than 50 nominations received this year. Nominees needed to formally apply, giving information regarding their leadership, approach to curriculum and instruction, as well as commitment to personal excellence.
A panel of principals and assistant principals from around Maryland select the winner.
Jeff Seidel is a Baltimore-based freelance writer.
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