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Samis, McPhail named among 51 exceptional educators

Tracy McPhail is one of two local educators who are being honoured for their work. SUBMITTED

Tracy McPhail is one of two local educators who are being honoured for their work. SUBMITTED

Two area principals are at the top of their class.

Chris Samis, principal of Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School in Angus and Tracy McPhail, Student Success principal, both of the Simcoe County District School Board, have been included among 51 exceptional educators selected by The Learning Partnership as Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2013.

The pair “are highly deserving of this award,” said the local board's director of education, Kathi Wallace.

“In her leadership role with our Student Success program, Tracy has focused a great deal of energy and expertise on enhancing graduation pathways for students. She has helped to develop exceptional programs so that our students can better understand their personal interests, strengths, abilities and learning styles and plan appropriately for their future goals,” Wallace said.

“Chris Samis combines his exceptional school leadership skills, integrity and caring attitude with a highly positive approach for engaging students, staff, parents and community members in developing safe, supportive learning cultures within our local public education system,” Wallace said.

“Most recently, Chris was integral in developing collaborative and successful partnerships and contributing his tireless efforts to ensure the successful launch of our newest secondary school, Nottawasaga Pines.”

In the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program, principals are nominated by their peers, school staff and community members in every province and territory.

Candidates are chosen using the following criteria: characteristics of outstanding principals; evidence of partnerships with parents and community; a personal story illustrating successful change and innovation that resulted in improved student achievement; and letters of support. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner event and awards ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. The honorees will also be invited to participate in an executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

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