Mueting honored at 2008 State, 2009 National Principals of Year gala

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Joe Mueting

Spencer High School Principal Joe Mueting, who has been deemed among his peers as one of the nation's finest in educational administrators, is one of 86 middle school and high school principals receiving accolades as a 2008 State Principal of the Year.

Mueting, who received an invitation to the annual MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2008 State and 2009 National Principals of the Year reception and awards dinner, attended a black-tie awards reception and dinner held Saturday at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

He was among 86 principals honored as a 2008 State Principal of the Year and recognized for his accomplishments as a high-achieving principal.

The search for the National Principal of the Year began in early 2008, with each state principal's association selecting its State Principal of the Year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle school and three high school finalists.

Mark Wilson, principal of Morgan County High School in Madison, Ga., was selected as the 2009 National High School Principal of the Year. Ray Landers, principal of Boaz Middle School in Boaz, Ala., was named the 2009 National Middle School Principal of the Year.

Raymond Simon, deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, presented the keynote address at the awards dinner. As Deputy Secretary, Simon plays a pivotal role in overseeing and managing the development of policies, recommendations and initiatives that help define a broad, coherent vision for achieving the president's education priorities, especially the No Child Left Behind Act.

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