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Bailey Lake Elementary's Glenn Gualtieri Named NAESP National Distinguished Principal®

Bailey Lake Elementary's Glenn Gualtieri Named  NAESP National Distinguished Principal®

Clarkston Community Schools administrator recognized for outstanding leadership; represents Michigan at Washington, D.C. event

Bailey Lake Elementary Principal Glenn Gualtieri recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent Clarkston Community Schools and the state of Michigan at the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principals (NDP) program last week.

Gualtieri, who was named Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) 2018 Outstanding Practicing Principal is being recognized for his instructional leadership, student relations, staff relations, parent relations, professional growth and civic and community participation. Colleagues highlighted the following in their nomination related to these areas:

  • Instructional Leadership - "His leadership has provided a mindset of growth and creativity among staff."
  • Student Relations - "Under Glenn's tutelage, students are encouraged to be leaders and accountable for their actions and attitudes; they learn how to make healthy choices and use critical thinking to solve complex problems."
  • Staff Relations - "It is apparent in the demeanor and dedication of the staff at Bailey Lake that Glenn has instilled a sense of empowerment, integrity and respect."
  • Parent Relations - "Bailey Lake has one of the strongest, most engaged Parent-Teacher Associations in the district, thanks to Glenn's communicative and proactive manner."
  • Professional Growth - "Glenn is an enthusiastic learner and leader, and his presence in meetings and professional development sessions fosters engagement among all who surround him."
  • Civic and Community Participation - " Both Glenn and his wife Kerri are vigorous supporters of Blessings in a Backpack, a program that raises funds to provide backpacks full of food for students and families in need."

Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Shawn Ryan said, "We couldn't be prouder of Glenn as he represents our district on the national stage. Glenn's dedication to the well-being of his students and his uncompromising drive to support learning for all children are just two of the many admirable qualities he possesses. It is no surprise to see him standing beside the nation's top educators being recognized for his contributions to the profession."

Because principal leadership is key to student success, the National Association of Elementary School Principals recognizes accomplished elementary and middle-level principals from across the nation and abroad as a part of its annual National Distinguished Principals (NDP) program. The 2019 class of NDPs will be honored during a two-day event in Washington, D.C. that culminates with an awards banquet on October 11.

"Today's principals are tasked with attending to students' social and emotional needs at greater levels, even while they give their all to drive academic success in their school communities," said Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, NAESP's executive director. "NAESP's National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and is a heartfelt 'thank you' to outstanding school leaders."

Principal honorees are selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools. Criteria for selection of the principals 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.

It is particularly fitting to acknowledge the work of principals in October because it is National Principals Month, which was established to recognize and honor the contributions of school principals toward the success of the nation's students, and encourage awareness of their significance.

About the the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP): Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle school principals in the United States and internationally. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy and professional learning, advocacy, programs, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP advances the profession on behalf of all principals, providing specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and capacity-building educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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