Students, staff and parents at Dalton Elementary School know that their principal Dianne Dugan is special. Now the rest of Colorado knows it too.
This week, the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals named Dugan the 2006 Colorado National Distinguished Principal. She will be honored, along with winners from other states, in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Education.
Dugan has been principal of Dalton for 20 years and has worked in education as a teacher and administrator for more than 34 years.
"I am thrilled," said Dugan. "It is great to be recognized for something I love to do. I can't think of anything better. I am excited for our school and so proud of our district."
“Dianne’s selection is a testament of her commitment to students and her effectiveness as a principal," said superintendent Bob Adams. "She is a strong leader and an asset to our district and the Aurora community.”
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this award recognizes successful elementary or middle level principals who have provided outstanding leadership.
Selection criteria include evidence of respect from the school community; active community involvement; strong educational leadership; and evidence of maintaining an orderly, purposeful learning environment.
“From the minute we walked into the school, it was evident that Dugan would be the one to represent our state as National Principal of the Year," said CAESP state representative Carol Moreno. "The enthusiasm of students, the energy of staff and the vitality of parents made the selection committee’s day at Dalton a celebration of excellence."
Dugan attributes her success to the entire APS community. When Dugan made it to the finalist stage, she took the time to thank her students and staff for their support.
“This honor is not about me," added Dugan. "It shines the light on the hard work that we’ve been doing in the Aurora Public Schools and the way that students, staff and parents at Dalton have built a successful school community.”
After the selection committee visited Dalton, Dugan took time to thank APS operations and maintenance staff for their work to keep Dalton’s building pleasant and clean.
“The selection committee noted how orderly and purposeful our learning environment is at Dalton," said Dugan. "This is due to the consistent work that our district facilities and maintenance teams provide our schools. This has been a districtwide effort and I am grateful to everyone in both the APS and Dalton communities who help make Dalton a great school."
Dugan invites the public into her school to visit staff and students. “I hope that this award shines light on the positive work that we are doing in the Aurora Public Schools," said Dugan. "There are so many other outstanding principals, teachers and students in our district. I hope that this award helps our community to focus on the success that I see every day as a principal.”
Photo opportunity: Dugan invites media and community members to visit Dalton Elementary School and meet with her to see firsthand successful teaching and learning in the Aurora Public Schools!
For more information on the Colorado Distinguished Principal award, contact Carol Moreno of the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals at 303-762-8762.