Thomson Elementary School's Principal, Donald Davis, has been named the 2005 Georgia Distinguished Principal for District 10 which encompasses 22 school systems. The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals released the names of Distinguished Principals earlier this year after they had been nominated and selected by their peers. Each of the 10 GAESP districts may select one outstanding principal who will be honored at the annual fall conference.
"We're certainly proud of Dr. Davis. He has been in our school system as a principal for 13 years. He's worked hard, and his school has received several honors," said Mark Petersen, superintendent.
"I'm really pleased to be recognized by my colleagues for such a distinguished honor," Dr. Davis said. "To receive something personally is gratifying, but I usually try to channel my energies toward the growth of others.
"I am pleased at this point in my career to be recognized. I usually look at my accomplishments as they are reflected through the achievement of my students and the staff that I work for."
The Georgia Distinguished Principal recognition program, established in 1996, used the following guidelines for selecting award recipients:
Principals must be respected by students, colleagues, parents, and the community at large;
They must demonstrate commitment and service to the community;
They should exhibit strong leadership skills and set high expectations;
They must make outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community; and show commitment to excellence by offering programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of their students and staff.
The mission of the GAESP is to improve the quality of education in Georgia elementary schools by focusing on the needs of the child and increasing efforts to strengthen the principalship, according to the organization's web site.