Randy Cline says he's lucky to have an employee like Cindy Worrall.
The Frenchtown superintendent calls his middle-school principal "innovative," "well-respected," "dedicated" and "a high-quality individual."
Those are the qualities that put the 10-year administrator in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, where she picked up an award for being one of the nation's outstanding school principals.
Reached by phone as she and her daughter toured New York City, Worrall deflected credit from herself, saying she accepted the award on behalf of her teachers and students back home in Frenchtown.
"They work very, very hard," Worrall said.
The annual awards ceremony by the National Association of Elementary School Principals honors 62 administrators chosen from their individual states, as well as Washington, D.C., overseas schools and several private schools.
It was held over two days at the Capitol Hill Hilton. Worrall received her award Friday evening.
Worrall found out that she won the state award last February, and the NAESP lauded her for her commitment to academic excellence with rising test scores, the school's new wellness and nutrition program, the development of a 32-acre recreation area on campus and the formulation of the school itself as a de facto community center for the parents of Frenchtown.
Cline said Worrall was also instrumental in helping the district implement the Olweus anti-bullying program in Frenchtown.
"She's proven herself over and over again to be a high-quality individual and administrator," he said. "For her, it all comes back to the kids."
Worrall has bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Montana.
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