Oliver W. Winch Middle School Principal Tim Dawkins to be recognized with CASDA’s Principal of the Year Award

March 27, 2018

Oliver W. Winch Middle School Principal Tim Dawkins will be recognized with a Principal of the Year Award from the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA).

The award is given to two principals each year in the region who displays exemplary leadership. Dawkins will be presented with the award at the Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner in Albany on April 18.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this award, but in reality this is an award for the entire OWWMS school community,” Dawkins said. “My job is one of the best out there because of the staff that comes to work tirelessly every day, ready to do its best for our students and families, and ready to reinforce the tenets of Bulldog Pride.”

Award-winning principals are those who are seen as leaders who are cultivating quality teaching and student ownership of learning; modeling leadership with a high degree of respect for diversity, equity and cultures; fostering a professional community of teachers and other professional staff; striving for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices; cultivating an inclusive, caring and supportive school community; and demonstrating a high degree of involvement with students, families and community.

Dawkins has been the middle school principal in South Glens Falls since 2014. During that time he has implemented a variety of programs, including the district’s first Makerspace and X-Factor, a group designed to connect teen boys to school and provide role models and positive support for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

During Dawkins’ tenure at the middle school, the district implemented a 1:1 technology initiative for students, and the school was named for its fourth and fifth consecutive three-year terms as an Essential Elements School to Watch building.

He was nominated for the award by South Glens Falls High School Principal Pete Mody, who said he believes Dawkins has a “vision for his school where respect and acceptance form a community where middle school students can begin to discover their identities and passions, while embracing kindness and empathy.”.

“Tim Dawkins has all of the qualities of an exceptionally effective principal,” Mody wrote. “He is a person of character and stands by the belief that to be a leader, he cannot have defects to his integrity… Tim is committed to his school and his staff.”

Dawkins is also a leader in restorative justice initiatives in the region. He has partnered with Skidmore College and other local school districts to successfully implement the philosophy into the middle school.

In addition to Dawkins’ award, SGFCSD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction will also be honored this year by CASDA with an Excellence in District Administrative Leadership Award.

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