NAEP is honored and most enthused to announce that one of its partner principals, Dr. Michaela Keegan of Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex has been announced the 2015 First Year Principal of the Year for the state of Rhode Island! Dr. Keegan has been collaborating with NAEP staff in two of its Lead Partner schools: Mount Pleasant High School (as an Assistant Principal) and more recently Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (as the school Principal).
Dr. Keegan is a much-needed “brand” of school leader as school improvement and transformation becomes more and more of a necessity in today’s educational arena. Although her academic background and educational leadership experience are both rather extensive and impressive, Dr. Keegan is an educator who is always striving to improve for herself and more importantly, the communities that she serves. In her first year and in collaboration with NAEP, she led Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex to significant gains in student math proficiency and over 10% gains in ELA on the statewide proficiency exam. Furthermore, she pushed each district initiative, from the Get School Attendance Challenge, to the Graduation Campaign, and her school was even visited by the first lady as recognition for their achievement as a transformational school. She is testament to the fact that a great leader is always open to collaboration and always striving for improvement regardless of prior accomplishments. Dr. Keegan stated “It has been an honor to work collaboratively with teachers, community partners, the Providence Public School District and our NAEP lead partners to enhance educational opportunities for our students. I look forward to continuing these efforts in the future.” Congratulations Dr. Keegan!
Dr. Keegan’s recognition marks the second major recognition and award for a NAEP Lead Partner Principal in the Providence Public School District. Just last year, Mr. Scott Sutherland, who recently became the Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction for the district, was recognized as the Principal of the Year for the state of Rhode Island. Mr. Sutherland was a principal at Mount Pleasant High School, a NAEP Lead Partner school, during the time span for which he won this very prestigious award and had several other significant accomplishments as an administrator in Hope High School. Mr. Sutherland is very enthused about the work and commented “It is with great pleasure that we were able to represent the hard work of teachers and the strategic planning of our NAEP Lead Partners to place Providence Schools and the State of Rhode Island in a place to represent urban education reform initiatives on a national platform.”
Jeffrey J. Hernandez, NAEP’s CEO, stated that “It has been an pleasure to work with both Mr. Sutherland and Dr. Keegan and we could not be more proud of their growth as educational leaders and are honored by being part of their leadership journey.” Both principals received significant support through NAEP’s leadership development efforts since January of 2012 and continue their collaboration with NAEP today. Through their hard work and collaboration with district leaders such as Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi and Chief of Instruction, Leadership and Equity Dr. Lori McEwen, they serve as testament that PPSD is indeed “on the move!”