Nation’s Top School Principals Offer Insight on Educating Students in Poverty

Reston, VA (Vocus) August 18, 2008 — The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is pleased to announce the release of six podcasts from some of the nation’s top principals. The six finalists in the 2009 Metlife/National Association of Secondary School Principals National Middle Level and High School Principal of the Year offer words of wisdom on what makes them successful in their school buildings.

The finalists:

•    Ray Landers, Boaz Middle School, Boaz, Alabama

•    Sheryl Kempain, Killingly Intermediate School, Dayville, Connecticut

•    Pat Schmidt, Hopkins North Junior High School, Minnetonka, Minnesota

•    Carolyn Custard, C.D. Hylton Senior High School, Woodbridge, Virginia

•    Stacey Locke, Eisenhower High School, Yakima, Washington

•    Mark Wilson, Morgan County High School, Madison, Georgia

Each has a unique perspective and fresh approach to educating students in an attempt to maximize achievement. Podcast topics include: Collaborative Leadership, Hybrid Schedules, Building Leadership Capacity, Helping Middle Level Students Find the Path to College, Increasing the Graduation Rate and Educating Students in Poverty.

To listen to the podcasts, click here (http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/sec.asp?CID=797&DID=57969) to be directed to NASSP’s website where you can listen at your desktop or download the file for later listening.

The six finalists were interviewed on Monday, August 11th in Arlington, Virginia by a panel of judges seeking to name one middle level and one high school principal as the National Principals of the Year. Winners in both categories will be announced soon. The search began in early 2008 as each state principal’s association selected its State Principal of the Year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle level and three high school finalists.

The six finalists each receive a $1,500 grant. The two national award winners receive an additional grant of $3,500. The grants are used to promote the advancement of learning opportunities for students or other related investments such as capital improvements, the purchase of technology-related equipment, or funding specific educational programs.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife are strongly committed to supporting the visions of unsung school leaders. Each year the MetLife/NASSP State and National Principal of the Year programs focus attention on the outstanding work principals do in middle level and high schools across the country. These individuals are recognized for their accomplishments as high-achieving principals, all the while making a daily investment in our children’s future.

For more information about the MetLife/NASSP State and National Principal of the Year programs and winners, please visit www.principals.org/awards or call Leisl Bauman at 703-860-7308.

About NASSP:

NASSP is the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NASSP provides its members with the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, National Junior Honor Society™, National Elementary Honor Society™ and National Association of Student Councils™. For more information, visit www.principals.org.

About MetLife:

MetLife Resources, a division of MetLife, provides retirement plans and other financial services to healthcare, education, and not-for-profit organizations. MetLife, a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) is a leading provider of insurance and other financial services to millions of individual and institutional customers throughout the United States. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. offers life insurance, annuities, automobile and homeowner’s insurance and retail banking services to individuals, as well as group insurance, reinsurance and retirement and savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. Outside the U.S., the MetLife companies have direct insurance operations in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe. For more information, please visit www.metlife.com