Congratulations to MASSP's 2017 Administrator of the Year Award Winners

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The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) has named its annual Administrator of the Year award winners for 2017. This year's winners include: Lisa Phillips, Principal of Cass Technical High School (High School Principal of the Year); Mike Alley, Principal of St. Clair Middle School (Middle Level Principal of the Year); and Scott Long, Assistant Principal of Orchard Lake Middle School (Assistant Principal of the Year).

"The education landscape has dramatically changed over the past few years and it's more important than ever to have strong, dedicated and dynamic instructional leaders at the helm of our schools," said Wendy Zdeb, Executive Director of MASSP. "This year's award winners truly embody what being a successful administrator means – always putting people and community first, leading by example and, most of all, a high degree of professionalism and integrity. We are very proud to have them representing both MASSP and their colleagues from around the state."

Each of the winners will officially be presented their awards in front of family, friends and colleagues at MASSP's annual EdCon conference on Monday, June 26 at the Grand Traverse Resort. During the ceremony, the winners will each receive a crystal plaque and a custom ring created and provided by Jostens to commemorate the once in a lifetime honor.

High School Principal of the Year

Lisa Phillips is the principal of Cass Technical High School in Detroit – a nationally recognized school of excellence with a great reputation for more than 100 years. She has a proven track record of improving every educational arena she embarks upon and always leaves a lasting footprint for others to model. Lisa's hard work, dedication, sacrifices and game-changing philosophy were recently recognized at a surprise ceremony in her building. The ceremony included staff, students, colleagues, community dignitaries and business leaders and featured student performances along with several speeches honoring Lisa's work.

Middle Level Principal of the Year

Mike Alley is a cornerstone in the St. Clair community serving as Principal of its Middle School. An intuitive and kind leader, many describe Mike as a hero – the kind that the community rallies around and who will be there to celebrate your best successes and pick you up after your worst failures. Mike's enthusiasm for making his school great is contagious and he truly takes pride in building and maintaining an environment for middle school excellence. He was recently surprised with this year's award at his school in front of his entire staff, family, friends and colleagues.

Additionally, Mike Alley was chosen as Michigan's nominee for the National Principal of the Year competition through the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Each of the 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. Mike will attend the NASSP Principals Institute in Washington, DC in September and vie for the national award.

Assistant Principal of Year

An exemplary leader and person, Scott Long works tirelessly as the Assistant Principal of Orchard Lake finding new ways to support his staff and students. Every day he leads by example aiming to help everyone do better and be better. Oftentimes, Scott can be seen delivering a fist bump to a student, checking in with teachers, or saying hello to a parent and calling them by name. He has been described as the "heart beat" of his building and is the picture of what all Assistant Principals should aspire to be.

As Michigan's Assistant Principal of the Year, Scott was invited to the National Principals Conference to engage with school leaders from across the country and gain unique recognition before a national audience. Additionally, as Michigan's nominee, Scott was considered for the National Principal of the Year award NASSP.