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  • Dover High’s Voshell named National Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year

  • Dover High School Assistant Principal Courtney Voshell was chosen named National Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
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  • Dover High School Assistant Principal Courtney Voshell was chosen named National Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
    This honor comes just a few months after being selected as Delaware’s nominee for award.
    “It’s a little unreal,” Voshell said. “I really didn’t expect to win, but it’s very exciting. I’m very excited to put Delaware on the map and highlight things at the high school and in the district.”
    In order to win the title, Voshell had to sit down for a conference call where she, Dover High School staff and community stakeholders from the Dover area were all asked questions about her and her work. She traveled to Dallas, Texas last week for the annual NASSP conference, where she made a presentation about her work at Dover High School. On Feb. 7, she was given the news that she was the national winner.
    Voshell, who began her teaching career at Dover High School in 2003, has been the school’s assistant principal since 2010. In her time as assistant principal, Voshell has helped to implement changes, including the addition of professional learning communities, which help teachers collaborate and exchange ideas.
    Her efforts demonstrated her passion and commitment to her community, said Matthew Willis, a member of the panel that selected Voshell for the honor.
    “The specific reason Courtney stood out amongst the best of the best is because she demonstrated a caring and commitment for her community,” Willis said. “She was a teacher and is an administrator, and she clearly talked about the passion she has for her school and community and for helping to improve the school she is at.”
    Voshell, along with state and national finalists for the title, will travel to Washington D.C. in April for a three-day event in which they will network with legislators. Voshell plans to use her designated time with legislators to address topics, such as the way schools are held accountable for student test scores.
    In addition to her trip to Washington, Voshell will also receive a customized desk from Virgo, the furniture company that sponsors the award. She was awarded $5,000 to put toward professional development for herself or for a school improvement project.
    Voshell said there are benefits to this award that go far beyond the prizes.
    “I think this is going to make us better able to highlight a lot of the things we are working hard on and to share them with other schools,” she said.
     
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