Sharee Blunt named 2018 Colorado High School Principal of the Year
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is proud to announce that Northglenn High School Principal Sharee Blunt has earned the 2018 High School Principal of the Year award for the state of Colorado. The district celebrates Blunt and her dedicated staff for receiving this prestigious honor from the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), in conjunction with the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals.
Blunt regularly demonstrates her love and passion for serving Northglenn students, both in and out of the classroom. She rarely misses an opportunity to cheer on athletes, attend performances or even celebrate one of her student’s birthdays. Through this passion and support for all Northglenn students, Blunt has created an environment centered on the academic, social and emotional success of students at Northglenn.
“What Sharee has accomplished at Northglenn is remarkable,” said CASE Executive Director, Lisa Escárcega. “Her ability to effectively engage and connect with students is a model for creating positive school climate in which every child feels like a valued member of the Northglenn High School community.”
When Blunt first arrived at Northglenn, she decided the best way to turn things around was to face the student achievement data head on. She encouraged her staff to take time to reflect on what they did in the past, take note of what worked and what didn’t, identify root causes, and then work collaboratively to create a plan for moving forward. Under Blunt’s leadership, Northglenn has achieved significant academic success, reaching a graduation rate of 89.8 percent for the Class of 2017, up more than 20 percentage points from 2010.
The excitement in the classroom from both teachers and students is further evidence of Blunt’s influence as a school leader. Her ability to build relationships combined with her willingness to empower teachers has created an incredibly supportive, enthusiastic and contagious energy among staff.
Principal Blunt is not one to seek out the spotlight. In fact, she made it clear that the award was not for her, but for the entire staff. When Lee Peters, Executive Director of Secondary Schools, announced that Blunt was named the 2018 Colorado High School Principal of the Year, staff erupted in applause and gave her a standing ovation.
“Getting really good people to pursue recognition for their work is hard,” Peters noted when speaking to staff. “Sharee is very humble in her work, and I know for her, this is very much a Northglenn High School award not a Sharee Blunt award, and because of that I am honored to be able to recognize her.”
The Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals, an affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and a department of the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), selected Blunt based on a rigorous process.
The NASSP sponsors the National Principal of the Year program. The award recognizes outstanding middle and high school principals who provide high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrate exemplary contributions to the profession. Selection criteria include personal excellence, collaborative leadership, curriculum, instruction, assessment and personalization of learning opportunities for students.
As Colorado High School Principal of the Year, Blunt will compete for National Principal of the Year recognition, which will be announced later this year. She will represent Colorado and be honored along with other state winners in Washington, D.C. in early fall.
Read the announcement from Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) released on April 13, 2018