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Education

Westmont High School principal among finalists for national award

Westmont High School Principal Jack Baldermann
Westmont High School Principal Jack Baldermann

WESTMONT – Westmont High School Principal Jack Baldermann is one of the three finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ 2018 National Principal of the Year award, according to a news release.

Baldermann has cultivated a culture of safety and compassion that has led to student achievement, the news release stated. Westmont High School was one of 500 nationwide chosen in 2015 by Newsweek for “Beating the Odds.”

The number of underrepresented AP Scholars has increased by more than 700 percent; since 2015, the school has been the most improved regular high school in the nation on the Washington Post Challenge Index, the news release stated.

Staff members say they are supported by Baldermann, who has led them collaboratively in building ambitious, student-centered programs based on the school’s vision and specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound goals, the release said. On top of faculty support and student success, Baldermann believes in mentorship, having served as lead mentor to more than 40 principals in 14 states.

In fact, during his 25 years as an administrator, 21 of the educators he hired and mentored for their first administrative positions have gone on to become successful principals and superintendents.

Principals from Chapin, S.C., and Norcross, Ga., also are in the running for the award.

The three finalists will be recognized at a 2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals’ event, Principals Institute, attended by principals from throughout the country.

The institute will be held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24 through Sept. 27, and will involve professional development activities.

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