Linda C. Wood, principal of Chester’s Harrowgate Elementary, was selected in early June as Virginia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal. She received the award Tuesday, June 14, in a surprise presentation in front of her students, the community, and the school staff; Superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, Dr. Marcus Newsome, and Marshall Trammell, the school board member from the Bermuda district, were also in attendance.
Wood was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP). For six years she has served as a principal, leading Harrowgate Elementary since 2004. The criteria for the selection required, set by the VAESP, required that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where they are firmly established community ties with parents and the local business organizations.
“At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal,” said Gail Connelly, NAESP’s executive director. “Our National Distinguished Principals program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of these principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities. Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally, and communities strengthen.”
In the fall, Wood will travel to Washington D.C. where honorees from each state will be recognized.