Central Elementary School's head is the state's Principal of the Year

By Scott Bleile

On Thursday, May 11, Central Elementary School's Principal Becky Neubert was surprised by her staff, Seaford School District administrators, Seaford School Board President Mike Kraft, and Dr. Terry Croce, executive director of the Delaware Association of School Administrators (DASA), with Delaware's National Distinguished Principal of the Year award.
'I am so very surprised! Neubert exclaimed as she entered the room. She was presented a bouquet of flowers from her staff. 'This is truly amazing,Neubert said. She was nominated for the award by Central Elementary's assistant principal Chandra Phillips.
Each year, DASA recognizes three state Principals of the Year, one from each level elementary, middle and high school. Neubert was named Principal of the Year for the elementary level and then was named the overall State National Distinguished Principal of the Year for her accomplishments at Central. 'I want to thank all my staff here at Central,Neubert said with tears in her eyes. 'All of the teachers, support staff, custodial staff, my assistant principal Chandra Phillips, Kay Bleile and Kim Ewing in the office are the reasons we won this award. This is a great achievement for Central. We have all worked very hard to make this a great school. It takes a team and we are a great team.
'Becky does a great job at Central,said Dr. Croce as she presented the award to Neubert. 'This award does not come lightly. The competition was tough this year. We looked at many areas to determine this year's winner. Becky and her staff were outstanding.

Along with all of her staff, Neubert's family was also in attendance at the presentation. 'It means a lot for my husband and family to be here to share this with me,said Neubert.
Seaford School District Superintendent David Perrington said, 'This award is affirmation of Becky's strong leadership, the focused work of the staff at Central Elementary over the past three years, engaged students and supportive community stakeholders. Becky has continuously demonstrated the qualities ofÊperseveranceÊand self-efficacy.ÊSince her first days at Central Elementary she had a vision of what constituted an effective school.ÊMore importantly, she was able to communicate and share this vision with her staff.ÊAny time you speak to Becky about Central Elementary you will constantly hear her refer to Ôwe' as she talks about the accomplishments of Central, or the challenges that remain.ÊThrough this shared and purposeful approach she will continue to navigate her school through the challenges while fostering a sense of community and cooperation.
School Board president Kraft added, 'What a great honor for Becky and this award certainly reflects all she does for our students and staff to make her school and our district such a great place. It's nice when you're recognized for all your hard work and certainly this is well-deserved for Becky. When one of us wins, we all win, and our students are proof of that. Great job and well done Becky.

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