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Raytown High School Principal Named for State Award

huffThe Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) has selected Dr. Brian Huff, principal at Raytown High School, as the 2013 Missouri High School Principal of the Year. MASSP will officially present the award during the annual MASSP Spring Conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Mo., on Monday, March 25, 2013. Dr. Huff was awarded the recognition based on his impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and his personalization of the learning environment.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Shelton wrote, “Dr. Huff has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to lead adults and students to higher levels of performance. His ability to lead others is based on his own growth as a person and a professional; working with others to create the very best working and learning environment; a deep knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and making the school environment a place where the needs of individuals are met.”

Former assistant principal Jamie Sadich wrote, “Dr. Huff has a deep understanding of what it means to provide students with a quality and rigorous curriculum in order to achieve at high levels.” She continued, “He truly creates a collaborative environment within and among his staff. He believes in the power of shared leadership, and exhibits that in how he seeks to build teacher leaders.”

A parent, Yael Abouhalkah, wrote, “Dr. Huff’s collaborative style and his intent on upgrading curriculum have boosted the quality of Raytown High School graduates in the last five years.”

Christy Darter, a science teacher at Raytown wrote, “…Dr. Huff accepts no excuses. He requires that all staff members set high expectations for themselves and for their students. Differences in student social and economic circumstances and backgrounds are not accepted as explanation for differences in student achievement levels.” She continued, “He has encouraged me and my colleagues to explore all of the ideas we have had for improving our instruction, from how to best reach struggling students to how to extend learning experiences for the most talented.”

The selection was made from more than 600 high school principals from throughout Missouri. Dr. Huff served as assistant principal at Grandview Middle School (1997-2004) and was principal at Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria (2005-2007) before he was named principal at Raytown High School in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science (1992) at Southwest Baptist University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration (1996) from the University of Phoenix and Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2002) at the University of Kansas.

MASSP sponsors the High School and Middle School Principal of the Year Programs. Dr. Huff will represent Missouri in the 2014 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals’ High School Principal of the Year program.

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