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Two Ozark Administrators Recognized as Principals of the Year

The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals named two Ozark administrators, Dr. Kim Fitzpatrick and Anna Thurman, as principals of the year for the Southwest Region on Dec. 7. 

South Elementary Principal Dr. Kim Fitzpatrick was named Distinguished Principal of the Year. According to the MAESP, the Distinguished Principal of the Year award is open to administrators who have been a building principal for at least five years and set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for students, families and staff. Fitzpatrick has been South Elementary principal for 14 years.

East Elementary Principal Anna Thurman was named Exemplary New Principal for the Southwest Region. According to the MAESP, the Exemplary New Principal award is open to elementary and middle-level principals in their second or third year who demonstrate evidence of outstanding contributions to the community and education profession. Thurman became principal of East Elementary for the 2019-20 school year. She had been the assistant principal at South Elementary since 2013.    

“I can't think of two more deserving professionals,” said Executive Director of Elementary Learning Dr. Kent Sappington. “These two principals work tirelessly for the children in our community. They meet the individual needs of 700-plus students and staff every day. It is always nice to see hard work pay off. I couldn't be more proud of our Ozark principals.”

This marks the fourth Ozark administrator to be recognized this year. In August, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals named Ozark High School Principal Jeremy Brownfield as the Exemplary New Principal and Ozark Junior High Assistant Principal Dr. Philip Link as Assistant Principal of the Year. 

Two Ozark Administrators Recognized as Principals of the Year