Britton Hart Is 2016 Kansas Secondary Principal of the Year
National Principal of the Year to Be Announced in October
Dr. Britton Hart, principal at Emporia High School, has been selected as the 2016 Secondary Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Dr. Hart also is the state’s nominee for the National Secondary Principal of the Year.
Dr. Hart has been principal at EHS since 2014, after serving seven years as an assistant principal and athletic director at the high school. He is Emporia’s second Principal of the Year in recent years. EHS Principal Scott Sheldon received the award in 2013. Also, in 2011, former EHS Assistant Principal Amy McAnarney received the Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year Award.
“I’m obviously excited,” Hart said in an interview with The Emporia Gazette. “But I think it speaks volumes to what our staff does and the hard work our teachers and our students put forth every day.”
Awarded by the Kansas branch of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the award honors principals who have “made an exceptional difference in your school and community.”
“Some of the things we’re trying to do as a school is to help students and create a culture of learning where all kids can thrive,” Hart said regarding what he was told went into his selection. “Things like the trimester and things like our intervention process or using an electronic walk-through tool. There’s a lot of good things going on.
“We’re also making a name for ourselves with our individual plans of study,” Hart said. “We’ve had a lot of contact with folks across the state about them.”
Hart will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. in the fall for the Principal’s Institute. According to the association’s website, the event is a chance to “share best practices with other state winners and advocate for education during a trip to Capitol Hill to meet your legislators.”
“It’ll be a pretty cool experience,” Hart said of the D.C. trip, “Obviously, an opportunity which will be full of learning.”