POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 1:04am
Baton Rouge, La — Although the East Baton Rouge Parish School System just honored its three 2013 Principals of the Year in January, already two of them have been selected as this year’s Regional 2 Principals of the Year at the middle and high school levels. There is one regional winner at each level in each of the eight regions statewide. Shelly Colvin, principal of Woodlawn Middle School, was selected Region 2 Middle School Principal of the Year, and Nanette McCann of the Baton Rouge Magnet High School has been named Region 2 High School Principal of the Year.
They now move on to the State Principal of the Year awards selection process. State interviews will be conducted March 7 by a State Interview Committee made up of past State Principals of the Year and business people with Dream Teachers, an organization that partners with the Louisiana Department of Education to put on the Cecil Picard Educator’s Excellence Symposium on July 20. The state winners will be announced at that event. The Louisiana Association of Principals (LAP) assists the state winners in going to the national competition if the regional winners are members of LAP and of one of the national education organizations.
Colvin has served as principal of Woodlawn Middle School since 2006. In this School System, she previously served as principal of Southeast Middle School, assistant principal of Baton Rouge Magnet High School and a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Capitol Middle, Istrouma High and Tara High Schools. She holds Certification for School Administration, a Master of Science Degree in Vocational Education and Supervision, and a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education and Home Economics. During her tenure, Woodlawn Middle School has been honored by the Louisiana Department of Education for Recognized and Exemplary Growth (2008-2010), has increased school scores from 74.3 to 92.9 and added a Gifted and Talented programs. Professionally, she is affiliated with Phi Beta Kappa International, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, the Louisiana and East Baton Rouge principals associations and more.
McCann has been in charge of the roughly 1,200-student Baton Rouge Magnet High School since 2002. Previously, she was assistant principal of Tara High School, an administrative intern at Baker High School and Writing Center coordinator and English teacher at Capitol High School. She holds a Master of Education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University. Also named the 2010 National Principal of the Year by Magnet Schools America, McCann was the 2008 Louisiana Regional II Principal of the Year, 2005 YWCA Woman of Achievement in Education Award winner, 2004 Sue Hefley Educator of the Year, 2007 Region II LACUE Administrator of the Year and the 2009 Reading Renaissance Extraordinary Educator.