Mr. Richard R. Alix, principal of Naples Elementary School in Naples, Italy, has been selected as the Department of Defense Education Activity's nominee to the 2007 National Distinguished Principals Program.
In addition to being selected as the DODEA nominee to the 2007 NDPP, Mr. Alix was named the 2007 DODEA Principal of the Year for Elementary and Middle Schools.
The National Distinguished Principals Program was established in 1984 as an annual event to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals who set the pace, character and quality of the education children receive during their early school years. The program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, in corporate partnership with the American International Group Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company.
Mr. Alix has worked for DODEA schools for more than 26 years, initially as a teacher, then as an education program manager, assistant principal and in his current position. His career has taken him to Germany, Japan, Iceland and Italy.
"I believe that stimulating change in a call for higher expectations and standards-driven instruction while recognizing the achievements of every learner builds a learning community," Mr. Alix said. "I also think that being visible, welcoming, student-oriented, focusing on student academic and social achievement and enlisting all elements of the community helps every child reach success in a safe learning environment and builds ownership and trust in the school community."
"We're very fortunate to have Rich on our team," said Dr. Joe Tafoya, director of DODEA. "His character, competence and compassion have garnered him the complete respect of parents, his school staff and our administration."
Mr. Alix will be honored at the NDP's awards ceremonies this fall in Washington, D.C.