Jamestown principal named Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia

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Jamestown High School’s principal Catherine Worley was named the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals 2018 Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia.

Worley said when she first found out she had won the award she was shocked but is now just “extremely excited.”

The group gives the award to one Virginia high school principal and one middle school principal. Principals are nominated by their peers or division superintendents. A committee reviews the nominations, and principals selected for consideration for the award are interviewed by a panel. Worley was interviewed by the Panel on April 8. She said after all the formal questions, the judges asked her if there was anything she wanted to end with.

“I just made sure that I stated that we have across the Commonwealth so many hard-working teachers and administrators working to create success for every child, and although this is even an honor to be nominated, I contribute a lot of success of our school to our collaborative work environment that we have here,” Worley said.

“We all care about kids, our teachers are some of the hardest working people I’ve seen in the state of Virginia, our students are amazing and we all work to go above and beyond to support our students.”

Worley found out she won late last Wednesday. The teachers and staff were not told until Friday with a surprise visit from Olwen Herron, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools superintendent.

“Dr. Worley is an outstanding principal and truly deserving of this honor and recognition,” Herron said in a news release. “She is collaborative, innovative, an instructional expert and a true servant leader. Dr. Worley will be an incredible leadership role model for the Commonwealth of Virginia!”

The staff at Jamestown was excited about the news. Worley’s office had two bouquets of flowers and a “congratulations” balloon sitting on her desk, given to her by her fellow Jamestown Eagles. However, Worley maintained that the award was not about her, but a reflection of the school as a whole.

“The recognition is not just for me, but really highlights the work we do collaboratively as a team at Jamestown High School,” Worley said.

When Worley was younger, she was told to “choose a profession that you love and you’ll never wake up dreading going to work.” What she said makes her excited about her job is seeing her students every day and what they accomplish.

“I’m really proud of our students. I’m really proud of how we can challenge them and push them, beyond the things they believe they can do themselves,” Worley said. “And secondly I’m really proud of the work of our staff.”

Worley will receive the state association’s award at the 91st Annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition on June 24-27. She will be honored again later in the fall with the presentation of the state principal’s ring at a dinner ceremony in Richmond.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals or the award, visit vassp.org.

Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at aheymann@dailypress.com, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.

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