Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for its 2013 Principal of the Year and the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award (DELA). The annual award honors exemplary principals and recognizes those who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.

Teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators, or community members may submit nominations. Nominees must have a minimum of five year's experience as a principal and three of those years must have been with Charles County Public Schools. Principals may not nominate themselves.

Nomination materials must include a minimum of four statements of support, one of which must be submitted by a professional educator; a brief career summary; and a description of contributions in each of the nomination criteria categories.

The nomination criteria for principals are:

  • manage effectively;
  • their school met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for the past two years under their leadership;
  • demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation;
  • foster cooperation between the school and the community;
  • maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff;
  • keep abreast of developments in the field of education;
  • encourage team spirit;
  • demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment;
  • continue to play an active role in the classroom;
  • maintain their position as principal throughout the 2013-14 school year; and
  • attend the four day DELA seminar to be held July 18-21, 2013.
Charles County's 2013 Principal of the Year will be one of 21 recognized by the Post from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Nominations packets are due Friday, Jan. 11. Materials should be sent to Jeanette Sudik, Division of Human Resources, Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Md., 20646. Award recipients will be announced later this school year.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.