Meridian Star

June 26, 2013

LaVonda Germany is named state's 3rd Congressional AOY

Special to The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —        Poplar Springs Principal and 2013 Meridian Public School District Administrator of the Year LaVonda Germany was named Mississippi's Third Congressional District Administrator of the Year.

    Germany was one of four in the running for the State Administrator of the Year award.

    "We are extremely proud of Mrs. Germany and all of her accomplishments at Poplar Springs Elementary School," said MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor.

    "The data shows that she not only moved the school forward in the 2012-13 school year, but she has consistently moved the school forward for the last four years. This honor is truly to be commended," Taylor said.

    Germany, who has 22 years of educational experience, said she believes it is the job of the administrator to create a support system that allows faculty and staff to perform at the highest level. She also holds students to high standards. Her guiding philosophy is “expect greatness, because nothing less will do.”

    Germany has served as principal at Poplar Springs Elementary since 2008. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and educational specialist degrees from Mississippi State University.

    The Mississippi Administrator of the Year program honors an administrator who demonstrates superior ability to inspire teachers, employs exemplary leadership practices and participates as an active member of the community. Elementary and secondary school principals and vocational-technical directors are eligible for the award. Entries are limited to one per school district.

    The state selection committee chooses four finalists, one from each congressional district.  Following an interview with each finalist, the committee selects the state Administrator of the Year.

    The Administrator of the Year receives formal recognition by the state Board of Education and a $5,000 salary supplement from the Mississippi Department of Education. during the school year following selection.  The AOY is also asked to share expertise through various presentations and activities for the improvement of education in the state.