Sharon McNary, principal of Richland Elementary
School, has been inducted into the 2013 Class of National Distinguished
Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
McNary is among 61 elementary and middle school principals that will be honored
in Washington, D.C. by the NAESP October 24 – 25. This annual awards ceremony
will honor principals for their demonstrations of exceptional leadership, gains
in student achievement and fostering an environment of educational excellence.
Distinguished Principals program was established in 1984 to recognize
elementary and middle level principals who make superior contributions to their schools
and communities. Each year, public and private
school principals from across the country, as well as overseas, are nominated
by peers and selected by special committees.
"I am humbled and
honored to be recognized as a National Distinguished Principal for the state of
Tennessee," McNary said. "I believe that I earned this award because of the
extreme effort that every faculty, staff member, and parent puts forth to make
our school the best school it can be for our students. No one person can do
this job and do it well."
Principal McNary has
served as an educator in the Memphis community for the past 30 years and as an
assistant principal and principal of Richland Elementary for the past 15 years.
"I am truly blessed
to be at such a wonderful school where everyone works together for our students
and school," she said. "I don't feel that I do anything more than what every
other principal does. I do this job because I love it, and I love the students,
faculty, staff, and parents."
In addition to her time at Richland, McNary has also worked as a teacher at Avon Lenox School and Kingsbury High School.