Oregon principal among America’s top educators

PJ Caposey

Principal PJ Caposey was recognized as an Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) honoree at the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) national conference this past week. Caposey was one of five national candidates chosen for the award.

OYEA celebrates the next generation of teachers and administrators who demonstrate outstanding leadership. OYEA winners and honorees exemplify a passion for excellence in educating the whole child, demonstrating leadership, improving student engagement, and learning and contributing to the education profession.

As an honoree, Caposey becomes part of the National OYEA Cadre, which serves ASCD and the greater educational community in several ways. Caposey’s first activity as a Cadre member will come when he meets with a member of the Department of Education to discuss the current state of education in the United States.

Although the award recognizes Caposey as an individual, he was the first to give credit to his colleagues for winning the award. “It was much more a collective effort rather than just myself,” said Caposey. “There is a lot of great leadership that exists here with the superintendent and the staff. They’re doing a lot of really great things that have set our school apart from the rest.”

Since becoming principal of Oregon High School four years ago, Caposey and staff have impacted the growth of the school in a positive way. Attendance, graduation rate and ACT scores have all seen improvement since Caposey was named principal. Oregon High School has added several Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit courses and has also committed to a service-learning program.

From the March 27-April 2, 2013, issue

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