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State of Education: Award winning principal
There's a new message on the sign outside the Roxbury Central School, congratulating Mr. Windover for winning the NYS K-12 Building Principal of the Year. Vince Gallagher caught up with him to get his feelings on being an award winner.
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There's a new message on the sign outside the Roxbury Central School, congratulating Mr. Windover for winning the NYS K-12 Building Principal of the Year.
"It's just an amazing recognition and it's really bigger than myself, it's about the tremendous hard work that many individuals are doing," said Eric Windover, 2012 NYS K-12 Building Principal Award Winner.
The award is given annually by the School Administrators Association of New York. Some of the guidelines include showing leadership, demonstrating character, and providing services for all levels and grades. Those are all things the principal has always worked to do with his staff
"To listen, be patient, hear what they're saying about the challenges and their concerns and then communicating that back to them,” said Windover.
He also takes time to get to know the students.
"So Mr. Neal is helping you with reflex math and it's helping to build some fluency," said Windover.
And if you're meeting with the NYS K through 12 Building Principal Award Winner, it's always good to get a little insight on our present "State of Education."
“I think that there are concerns and there are challenges, specifically with regard to math and science and our global competiveness... I like that the common core and what the Commissioner of Education is putting forth is challenging us to be more critical thinkers and to think more globally," said Windover.
Like for many award winners, it's not always about the individual, but about the team.
"Our inquiry team, our comprehensive district educational planning team that works on setting timelines, setting goals, that are specific to meet our children's individual needs,” said Windover.
And how about a little insight and advice for any future New York State educators?
"You're going to make mistakes, but if you work hard to establish trust and credibility up front, then when you make those mistakes you're going to have support, and the staff that you work with and that's really important,” said Windover.
As the learning in and out of the classroom continues.