Pine-Richland's Smith earns Pennsylvania Distinguished Principal Award
The National Association of Elementary School Principals in Washington, D.C. has honored Eden Hall Upper Elementary School Principal Steven Smith, who was named Pennsylvania's 2017 National Distinguished Principal. Smith received an award at the national conference Oct. 12-13.
The Pennsylvania Principals Association Board of Directors and the NDP Selection Committee recognized Smith for his commitment to increasing student achievement and creating an environment in which students thrive.
Smith has been with Pine-Richland School District since Oct. 14, 2013. Prior, he served as a principal, an assistant principal and a teacher at Haine Middle School in the Seneca Valley School District since 1999. Earlier in his career, he served as a principal and instructional leader in a Pre-K-8 building in the Diocese of Greensburg and as a teacher at Montclair Elementary School in Prince William County Public Schools in Dumfries, Va.
“The role of principal requires a wide range of leadership and management skill,” said Dr. Brian Miller, Pine-Richland superintendent. “Since his arrival at Pine-Richland, Mr. Smith has demonstrated his commitment to students, staff, and parents. He stays focused on the important aspects of the educational program that increase learning. He invests an incredible amount of time, energy, knowledge, and skill into his work.”
Smith said he believes the recognition is due to a strong community of students, staff and parents.
“I strongly believe that when you surround yourself with extraordinary people (students, staff, and parents) they will push you to never stop growing, learning, and achieving,” Smith said. “This award recognizes the level of dedication of the entire school community and commitment to our students.”