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McMorran Named CT Principal of the Year

Joel Barlow High School's Principal Tom McMorran was recently named Connecticut's Principal of the Year.

Dr. Tom McMorran, principal of Joel Barlow High School — serving the students of Redding and Easton — is Connecticut's best principal, according to the Connecticut Association of Schools.

The association made the announcement last week, citing McMorran as an "influential and respected leader" at Barlow and in the community.

McMorran said being the principal of Barlow "is highly rewarding."

"I have been blessed to have excellent partners in the staff, faculty, parent community and larger community of Easton and Redding," he said. "Although I have been named as the winner of this award, I sincerely believe it is an accomplishment of everyone at Barlow."

Dr. Bernard Josefsberg, superintendent of schools, congratulated McMorran on the award.

"I salute Dr. McMorran’s intellectual gifts, interpersonal sensitivity, and moral grounding," Josefsberg said. "These attributes combine with his commendable work ethic to secure the respect of an exceptionally talented faculty, one that requires an authentic educator as their leader.”

McMorran will now be entered into the running for the National High School Principal of the Year Award, according to a press release by the association. He will be honored at a ceremony this fall in Portland, Conn. and will be invited to attend an awards gala in Washington, D.C. in September.

Michael Rafferty, chairman of the association, spoke on behalf of it and wished McMorran luck in the national contest.

"We are proud to have such an accomplished administrator representing us in this prestigious awards program," Rafferty said.

Susanne Krivit February 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The true mark of an exceptional leader is their ability to instill passion in others. I recently attended a Region 9 School Board meeting where Dr. McMorran made a presentation on teamwork and teaching goals for the high school. By the time the presentation was over, I found myself wishing I could go back in time and attend Joel Barlow High School. I have never looked back fondly on that time in my life, nor ever wished I could return to it, so this was quite a testament to his ability to instill passion in others. We are so lucky to have him heading our high school.

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