People in the News
Gail H. Awakuni
Gail H. Awakuni has been named the 2005 National High School Principal of the Year.
Ms. Awakuni, 57, is the principal of the 1,950-student James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
She has been recognized by the Reston, Va.-based National Association for Secondary School Principals and the New York City-based MetLife Resources—the sponsors of the award—for her efforts to build small learning communities within her school and for her establishment of a rigorous curriculum.
Specifically, Ms. Awakuni began using a block schedule at Campbell High to allow for more staff-development opportunities and more time for students to meet with their academic advisers.
Ms. Awakuni will be given $5,000 for winning the award, which she will formally receive at an Oct. 8 banquet at which U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige is scheduled to speak.
The NASSP is a professional organization that provides leadership programs, services, and other resources to more than 32,000 members worldwide. MetLife Resources, a division of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., is a nonprofit retirement-planning company.
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