HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Washington Middle School principal has been named the 2017 National Distinguished Principal by the Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators.
Principal Michael Harano was recognized during a luncheon at the Hale Koa Hotel and joined awardees from the rest of the country for the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year Institute.
"Over the years, the role of our principals has grown from running their schools to also serving as community leaders as they navigate their students and staff through issues that extend far beyond the school boundaries," Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said in a statement. "Principal Harano has done an excellent job managing both, and his strong leadership has resulted in the continued success of the students at Washington Middle."
Harano has been the principal of Washington Middle for 15 years and a school administrator for 29 years. He also received the Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association National Distinguished Principal award in 2010.
"It is an honor to be recognized and selected from such an outstanding group of Principals," Harano said. "My philosophy of a kinder and gentler learning environment, as well as the belief that our school needs to be structured around the needs of our tenants – the students – has resulted in the continuous improvement of our school's student achievement. This kind of positive growth couldn't have been done without the support and hard work of the Washington Middle staff and school community."
The National Distinguished Principal awards are based on criteria such as leadership skills, student learning, school demographics, professional preparation and education.