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Mrs. Rackley is a 2018 Digital Principal of the Year

Innovative. Bold. Creative. These are the qualities exemplified by the 2018 NASSP Principals of the Year. Each year, NASSP recognizes principals who harness the potential of new technologies to further students’ learning.

Congratulations to this year’s digital principals: Kristina MacBury, Brian McCann, and Mariah Rackley.

This award reflects these principals’ digital leadership and the tremendous work they have done to model the effective use of digital tools and resources to lead a learner-centered environment and collaborative community.

Kristina MacBury
Sarah Pyle Academy

Wilmington, DE

Brian McCann
Joseph Case High School
Swansea, MA

Mariah Rackley
Cedar Crest Middle School

Lebanon, PA

Here's what the National Association of Secondary School Principals said about Mrs. Rackley:

In her nine years as principal of Cedar Crest Middle School, Rackley has turned social media into a powerful tool for teachers, parents, and students. She frequently uses Twitter and her blog to share ideas and promote the vision for her school. Rackley is currently using technology to increase students’ performance on standardized tests after a decrease in the 2016–17 school year. Utilizing two Edmentum products that address student growth and student achievement, she is able to provide data for teachers to tailor their instruction, better meet the needs of their students, and close the achievement gap prior to the state assessments.

“The most intriguing thing is how well she communicates with parents through Twitter,” said parent Kristi Glassford. “We are able, multiple times each day, to see what happenings are going on throughout the school. Not only is she intelligent, caring, and compassionate, but she is driven and strives for new intuitive ways to connect with not only her staff and students, but also us parents.”

These digital principals received an expenses-paid (airfare, lodging, and registration) trip to the 2018 National Principals Conference, where they had an opportunity to speak. Winners also will be featured in Principal Leadership magazine. In addition, winners are eligible to apply for a full scholarship to participate in McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders (MMPSL), a dynamic and highly interactive online leadership training program that will run from November 2018–July 2019.

Learn more about the NASSP Digital Principals of the Year program here.