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Warrenfeltz named W.Va.'s National Distinguished Principal

September 14, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Dean M. Warrenfeltz, principal of Winchester Avenue School in Martinsburg, was selected as West Virginia's 2009 National Distinguished Principal.

The celebration marks the 26th year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education have presented the award.

Warrenfeltz was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals, said Frank Collier, executive director of the state association.

Warrenfeltz, son of Donald and Betty Warrenfeltz of Hagerstown, is a graduate of Frostburg State University and West Virginia University.

Warrenfeltz previously held the position of principal at Burke Street School in Martinsburg.

He has served as principal of Winchester Avenue School since 2005.

"At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal," said Gail Connelly, NAESP's executive director. "Our National Distinguished Principals program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of these principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities. Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally, and communities are strengthened."

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The National Distinguished Principals program is made possible through the corporate sponsorship of VALIC, an industry leader currently managing long-term investment programs for more than 28,000 education, healthcare, public sector and other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in more than 41,000 locations -- representing nearly 2 million investors throughout the country.

In October, Warrenfeltz will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools. Activities include a reception at the U. S. State Department, a formal awards dinner, round table discussions with representatives from the U.S. Deparment of Education and members of the White House staff, and opportunities to network with other NDP recipients.

Criteria for selection of the principals, set by NAESP and the U.S. Department of Education, require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations, Collier said.

Winchester Avenue School, under the principalship of Warrenfeltz, has been named each year as a Title I Distinguished School. In addition, the school was a pilot site for the Response to Intervention (RtI) program during the 2008-09 school year.

"Our school staff makes every effort to provide our students with what they need to succeed. This approach to education is showing positive results in the progress the students have made." Warrenfeltz said.

Warrenfeltz and his wife, Nancy, a student achievement specialist with Berkeley County Schools, live in Martinsburg. They have one daughter, Whitney, who is a musical theater major in the Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

The West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals serves as West Virginia's professional educational association and now represents 300 principals throughout the state. WVAEMSP maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its almost 30,000 members nationwide.

For more information, call Kaylen Tucker at 703-684-3345.

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