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UW-Madison alum Brost named Wisconsin’s High School Principal of the Year

June 03, 2015

Wisconsin’s 2015 Principals of the Year were announced Wednesday, and UW-Madison alumnus Paul Brost was named High School Principal of the Year.

Paul Brost
Brost is principal of Monona Grove High School, located in Monona. He earned a master’s degree (1992) and a Ph.D. (1998) from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

The news about the state Principals of the Year was released by Tony Evers, state superintendent of public instruction, and Jim Lynch, executive director for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).

Others being recognized include:

 • Associate Principal of the Year — Mark Peperkorn of Wind Lake, Pilgrim Park Middle School in Elm Grove, Elmbrook School District, Brookfield.

• Elementary Principal of the Year — Sandra Mountain of Manitowoc, Random Lake Elementary School, Random Lake School District.

• Middle Level Principal of the Year — Sara Eichten, Somerset Middle School, Somerset School District.

“Strong school leaders engage with their staff and students with the goal of graduating all students college and career ready,” Evers said in a news release. “Our 2015 Principals of the Year are model educational leaders who are in the forefront for creating a welcoming and safe school environment, focusing on student academic achievement, and using data to improve staff and student outcomes — critical initiatives that improve our schools and make a difference for children.”

“Administrative leadership is second only to classroom teaching as a school-based factor that improves student achievement. Our 2015 Principals of the Year are members of a noble profession and represent the best in principals throughout Wisconsin,” adds Lynch.

In the news release announcing this year’s winners, it reports:

“Driven to be in a continuous improvement mode that uses data to keep on track, Brost makes sure his teachers have easy access to performance data that can be used to improve curriculum and instruction. He works with three School Improvement Plan (SIP) teams to ensure 80 percent mastery (C or better grades) by students of the universal curriculum and improvements in attendance and discipline data, equity, and growth on ACT assessments for all students and subgroups of students, including college and career readiness skills. All teachers are on one of the SIP teams, and each has a full voice in decision-making and strategic planning.”

But to learn more about Brost and all of this year’s Principals of the Year, make sure and check out this news release.

Nominations for the Principal of the Year program come from fellow administrators, school board members, teachers, students, or parents. Criteria for being chosen to represent the state’s school principals and assistant or associate principals include a commitment to personal excellence; collaborative leadership; personalization; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and being an established and respected member of the community.

The Principal of the Year Selection Committee is made up of representatives from AWSA, the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and Wisconsin PTA. Major support comes from the Meemic Insurance Company.

The elementary, middle, and high school Principals of the Year will be recognized at their respective AWSA convention next school year.
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