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Hurricane Middle principal is Putnam's Administrator of the Year

By From staff reports

Hurricane Middle School Principal Doug Cross is the Putnam County Schools Administrator of the Year for 2013-14.

Cross is a graduate of Poca High School and Marshall University Graduate College, where he earned an MA and an Ed.S (Education Specialist) in leadership studies, and where he is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in public school administration.

Cross taught science at Winfield Middle and was assistant principal at both George Washington Middle School and Hurricane Middle School before becoming principal at Hurricane Middle in 2009. He previously taught in Kanawha County and was a coordinator in the Curriculum and Assessment offices of the West Virginia Department of Education.

Cross has assumed numerous leadership positions in the Putnam County; he serves on the Putnam County Technology Committee, the Safe and Supportive Schools Leadership Team, and the Putnam County Leadership Academy. He is a member of the National Middle School Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

"Doug does a fantastic job leading a large school and making it all come together for student achievement," Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said in a news release. "I'm especially pleased at his interest in promoting personal and school leadership in the students and staff. That has to be led by example, and Doug is a great model."

Cross said he became an educator because of the inspiration of a great teacher, and he wanted to duplicate that positive experience for students. "I am most proud of the work that my staff and I have been able to accomplish in meeting the needs of a diverse population of students and making Hurricane Middle one of the best schools in the state," he says. According to Cross, his greatest challenge is "trying to stay on the cutting edge" in a time of rapid change.


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