Hawaii principal receives top national honor

Hawaii principal receives top national honor

HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association announced on Sunday that Linell Dilwith of Stevenson Middle School is the 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal.

Along with the distinction, Dilwith will be traveling to Washington D.C. in October with 49 other distinguished principals from across the country.

"[Dilwith] could be described as a futuristic, 21st century principal who is able to move the past into the present and anticipate the needs of the future through a variety of successful initiatives at Stevenson Middle," said Complex Area Superintendent Ruth Silverstein.

"The changes in the school's culture, focus on student voice and redesign have yielded amazing results and would not have been possible without Principal Dilwith's talented leadership," silverstein said.

Dilwith has been a principal with the Hawaii State Department of Education for nine years, with six of them at Stevenson Middle.

She was also principal at Lanakila Elementary and interim complex area superintendent for Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area, among other posts.

Cecile LaMar from Makaha Elementary was dubbed the 2018 Hawaii Outstanding Vice Principal on Sunday. She will be taking a trip to Orlando for a conference in July where she will be honored with other assistant principals.

"It is important that we take the time to honor our school leaders for their role in cultivating environments where students and staff can collaborate and thrive," Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said.

"Congratulations to Principal Dilwith, Vice Principal LaMar and all of the honorees. Mahalo for your dedication to the Department and Hawaii's public school students," Kishimoto said.

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