Wheeling whizz named Illinois Principal of the Year

March 22, 2013 by  

Dr. Lazaro Lopez will no doubt be Wheeling away in celebration, as he has been named the Illinois Principal of the Year for 2013-14 by the Illinois Principals Association and Horace Mann Insurance.

The criteria for winning such an honor are that the winning principal must have had a positive impact on his or her students, be willing to take risks, have been a principal for a minimum of five years, employ creativity and imagination in their role, recognize problems and quickly work to solve them, keep up school morale, and work with teachers and parents for the good of the students – so rather an exhaustive list.

Dr. Lopez has been teaching at Wheeling High School for six years. Since then, students in the school have had the highest ACT scores ever, with an 80% growth in those who qualify for Advanced Placement to boot. He is also dedicated to incorporating the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineers and Mathematics) program into the school, which involves problem solving skills, teamwork, and communication. The school has already been recognized by the Governor of Illinois and several national organizations as a model STEM school.

Principal Lopez will be recognized at the Illinois Principals Association annual conference in October. He will receive a plaque and $1,000, and will also be eligible to compete for the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Award.

Wheeling printing companies may be called upon by the principal’s school district to help advertise this honor within the community by way of a flyer or certificate.