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|The following six principals have been selected as finalists for 2014 MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level and High School Principal of the Year awards
Posted On: Friday, August 16, 2013
Joe Nelson Pass Christian Middle School Pass Christian, MS
Joe Nelson, principal of Pass Christian Middle School in Pass Christian, MS, has been named a finalist in the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program for his significant contributions to student achievement.
Under Nelson's leadership, Pass Christian Middle School provides students with a rigorous, data-driven environment where the high expectation of the staff is evidenced by each member's care and concern for all students. Each child is a product of the school's mission of "Education for Today; Excellence for Tomorrow." Although two-thirds of the student population lives in poverty, state assessment scores have remained consistently high during Nelson's tenure. This success is attributed in large part to Nelson's obsessive focus on performance data, which leads him to intervene at the first indicator of difficulty. As a result, Pass Christina was 1 of only 15 middle level schools to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012.
"Mr. Nelson has created a climate at Pass Christian Middle School that inspires teachers to create varied learning opportunities for students with different learning needs," said Beth John, superintendent of the Pass Christian Unified School District. "In addition, he genuinely cares about the future of his students."