Washington, D.C.– Six talented individuals from across the country have been named as finalists for the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year award. The search for the National Principal of the Year began in early 2006 as each state principal’s association selected its State Principal of the Year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle level and three high school finalists. The national middle level and high school winners will be named in September and recognized in Washington, DC during the Principals’ Institute for State and National Principals of the Year, October 13-14, 2006.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife are strongly committed to supporting the visions of unsung school leaders. Each year the MetLife/NASSP State and National Principal of the Year programs focus attention on the outstanding work principals do in middle level and high schools across the country. These individuals are recognized for their accomplishments as high-achieving principals, all the while making a daily investment in our children’s future. The 2007 finalists are:

*Ellen Minette, Heidelberg Middle School (Germany), DoDEA
*Sherry Brock, Westdale Middle School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
*Patricia Polczynski, Templeton Middle School, Sussex, Wisconsin
*Jeryl Martin, Thomas B. Doherty High School, Colorado Springs, CO
*Robert Stevens, Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School, Honolulu, HI
*Mark Hansen, Waukesha South High School, Waukesha, WI

The six finalists each receive a $1,500 grant. The two national award winners receive an additional grant of $5,000. The grants are used to promote the advancement of learning opportunities for students or other related investments such as capital improvements, the purchase of technology-related equipment, or funding specific educational programs.

For more information about the MetLife/NASSP State and National Principal of the Year programs and winners, please visit www.principals.org/awards or call Kristine Rzewnicki at 703-860-7238.

About NASSP

Celebrating 90 years of excellence in school leadership, NASSP is the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NASSP provides its members with the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society”, National Junior Honor Society”, and National Association of Student Councils”. For more information, visit www.principals.org .

About MetLife

MetLife Resources, a division of MetLife, provides retirement plans and other financial services to healthcare, education, and not-for-profit organizations. MetLife, a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) is a leading provider of insurance and other financial services to millions of individual and institutional customers throughout the United States. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. offers life insurance, annuities, automobile and homeowner’s insurance and retail banking services to individuals, as well as group insurance, reinsurance and retirement and savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. Outside the U.S., the MetLife companies have direct insurance operations in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe. For more information, please visit www.metlife.com.

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