The Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) this week selected principal Lewisburg High School Principal Chris Fleming as its 2017 Mississippi High School Principal of the Year.
Fleming was presented the award during the summer MASSP Summer Conference in Biloxi on June 15.
This is the second time Fleming has been recognized by the organization with a top honor. In 2013, he was named the MASSP Middle School Principal of the Year, when Fleming was principal of Lewisburg Middle School.
Top principals are awarded the recognition based on their impact in the areas of collaborative leadership, curriculum, instruction and assessment, and personalization of the learning environment.
DeSoto County Schools Supt. Cory Uselton, himself a previous winner of the high school award said, "Mr. Fleming has vision, follow through, and a true calling to serve students by putting them at the forefront of his decision making. His students and teachers perform at the highest level, and they follow the example that Mr. Fleming sets through his leadership. He is a great representative of our school district, and I am so glad that he has received this recognition.”
In 2017, Lewisburg was named the number one high school in Mississippi by U.S. News & World Report for their academic achievement.
The annual U.S. News rankings are a guide to how the nation's schools are performing under a variety of criteria. The magazine uses various factors in ranking schools, including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced lunch programs and how the schools fared on state assessments and Advanced Placement exams.
In thanking the association for the award, Fleming said, “I am blessed to work with an amazing teaching staff and awesome students.”
According to the National Association of Secondary School Principals website, 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one middle level or high school principal to represent their state.
From these state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. The NASSP National Principal of the Year is selected from among the finalists.
NASSP honors all State Principals of the Year at the Principal’s Institute held each year in Washington, D.C. The Institute not only salutes the principals but also provides a forum for honorees to advocate for education and share best practices and expertise.