Jamestown High School Principal Catherine Worley, Ph.D., has been named the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) 2018 Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia.
“VASSP is honored to recognize the outstanding work of Catherine Worley,” said Dr. Randy Barrack, VASSP executive director. “Effective schools are vital to the success of students, and the high expectations demanded by principals and their belief in the capacity of all students to perform is critical in school leadership. The stories of such leadership that we capture in the annual award program continues to impress and inspire all of us.”
VASSP annually awards one middle level and one high school level winner in the Commonwealth. Principals are typically nominated by their peers or division superintendents. A VASSP Principals Awards Committee reviews the nominations, and principals selected for consideration of the award are interviewed by a panel of principals.
As a principal, Dr. Worley has proven success in involving the local community in the life of the school and has shown an astute awareness of current and emerging issues as well as a passion for improving the school’s learning environment. Worley will receive the state association’s award at the 91st Annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition to be held in Hot Springs, Virginia, June 24-27, 2018. She will be honored by VASSP and Herff Jones later this fall with the presentation of the state principal’s ring at a dinner ceremony in Richmond. As Virginia’s award recipient, Worley will have a platform to speak on behalf of her colleagues and to advocate for the needs of schools across Virginia and the nation.
“Dr. Worley is an outstanding principal and truly deserving of this honor and recognition,” Dr. Olwen Herron, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools superintendent, said. “She is collaborative, innovative, an instructional expert and a true servant leader. Dr. Worley will be an incredible leadership role model for the Commonwealth of Virginia!”
“I am truly humbled by this recognition,” said Dr. Catherine Worley. “The success of Jamestown High School is a collaborative effort between outstanding teachers, staff, students and our community. I am appreciative of the support of my superintendent, Dr. Olwen Herron, WJCC Schools, and the VASSP. Together, we will continue to open doors, break down barriers, promote equity, and champion success for every student.”