Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Washington-Lee High School principal Gregg Robertson has been named the Arlington Public Schools 2009 Principal of the Year and will be recognized as The Washington Post's Distinguished Educational Leadership Award recipient for Arlington, a press release said.
“Gregg is inspiring a generation of students to be thoughtful, sensitive, and responsible while he also helps them to grow, learn and achieve at school and in life,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Smith. “I am very pleased that he has been chosen for this award,” Smith added in the release.
Robertson has been an APS administrator for 11 years. From 1999-2002 he served as assistant principal and then principal of Swanson Middle School before assuming the leadership as principal of Washington-Lee High School in 2002.
Robertson graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in middle and secondary education. He received a Master of Science in adult and continuing education and an Ed.S. in educational leadership from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Fostering cooperation between the school and the community is a big part of Robertson's leadership focus.
“Mr. Robertson has been a strong fixture of the highest moral standing. Because of his support, strong sense of value, openness and undeniable commitment to his students, our boys have grown into young men that any parents would be proud of,” said parent Bryce Harding.
Robertson actively seeks input from all stakeholders. He maintains an open-door policy which encourages his colleagues, students, their parents, and the greater Arlington community to engage in friendly and substantive conversations.
“I can sum up what makes Mr. Robertson such a great principal in two words. He listens,” said senior class president Will Farley.
His leadership has enabled Washington-Lee to create a successful learning community. Washington-Lee has been consistently ranked among the top high schools in the country according to Newsweek's Challenge Index.
Robertson will be honored at The Washington Post on April 29 as one of 19 principals in the metropolitan area who will receive The Post's Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. He will also be recognized by the Arlington School Board at its meeting on Thursday, April 30.
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