Local principal named National Principal of the Year

By Alana Cerrone



A Rhode Island principal has won a prestigious national award. Alan Tenreiro, Cumberland High School’s principal, brought the title of ‘Principal of the Year’ to Rhode Island – for the first time ever. It was such an exciting day for Tenreiro – in fact, he called it one of the top 10 moments in his life to accept this national award.

Alan Tenreiro thought he was walking into a senior class assembly on Monday, but the look on his face says it all.

Tenreiro just found out that he was named National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Not a seat was empty in the auditorium. The entire senior class came to show their support. "The class has been with me all four years…it meant a lot with me to share this with them today."

And so did state leaders. "In my state we have the best principal in America!"

Tenreiro even got a congratulatory phone call from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "I want to thank you for all the hard work you’ve done for your kids…"

But for Tenreiro, the most important people in the audience were right there in the front row.

"Any good principal needs a good support system at home and I come from a huge line of educators so that role model for me in my life has been very important."

Tenreiro is the first principal from RI to win this national award. Colleagues say he deserves it not only for improving school culture and raising graduation rates by 10%, but also for being a source of inspiration.

"There’s an expectation that he puts for us and he allows us to meet it on our own accord so that level of trust is very inspiring."

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