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  • Schneider named state National Distinguished Principal

  • Laura Schneider of Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville has been named Delaware's National Distinguished Principal for 2013.
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  • Laura Schneider of Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville has been named Delaware's National Distinguished Principal for 2013.
    The announcement was made during a special assembly at the school on May 16. Schneider was presented the award by Indian River School District officials and representatives from the Delaware Association of School Administrators.
    "During my 35 years in the Indian River School District, I have worked with few educators of Mrs. Schneider's caliber," said IRSD Superintendent Susan Bunting. "Laura is a well-respected leader among her peers, has distinguished herself on state committees and has guided Phillip C. Showell Elementary to previously-unattained academic heights. Under Laura's guidance, the school has earned an exemplary statewide reputation and has come to epitomize our district motto by being a 'Model of Excellence'."
    Schneider is completing her fifth year as principal at Phillip C. Showell Elementary. Under her leadership, the school has annually been rated as "Superior" in Delaware's school accountability system. It has also been named a Delaware Distinguished Title I School (2011) and has earned the prestigious Superstars in Education Award (2010). In addition, Phillip C. Showell was named a State Recognition School in 2012, receiving a monetary award of $50,000.
    As Delaware's winner, Schneider will be eligible for the National Distinguished Principal Award presented by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
    "I would like to congratulate Mrs. Schneider on this prestigious award," said Board of Education President Charles Bireley. "She has done a tremendous job in making Phillip C. Showell Elementary one of finest schools in our district and the State of Delaware. I know she will represent our district well in the national competition."
    The National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure that America's children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. The program was established in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staff in their learning communities.

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