MUSCATINE — Terry Hogenson, principal of Central Middle School, was named the 2018 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.
“Students and staff at Central Middle School have looked to Terry for leadership for over 15 years, and his longevity in this position is a testament to the quality and inspiration of that leadership,” Roark Horn, executive director of the SAI, wrote in a press release announcing the accolade. “His vision and passion for assuring that each student finds success is evident in how well they are prepared to excel once they reach high school.”
The School Administrators of Iowa is a special interest group that promotes educational leadership in Iowa. Though they do not pick the winners, they facilitate the search and selection process.
“It’s really a collection of Terry’s peers that have done this,” Horn said. He explained that a committee consisting of principals around the same level is assembled and chaired by the previous year’s award winner. They read applications and choose a finalist.
According to Horn, they have several qualities that they are looking for not just from Hogenson but the school he leads. For example, candidate’s vision of learning and the school’s culture are all taken into consideration.
“I am elated, yet humbled by my selection as SAI's Middle School Principal of the Year. I couldn't be prouder of the staff that surrounds me each day with professionalism and purpose,” Hogenson wrote in a news release. “Whether it's incorporating a new strategy, such as the gradual release of responsibility model, instituting a student-led conference format or exploring the virtues of becoming a Leader in Me School, the Central staff goes all in for the benefit of students. I truly am blessed to work with individuals who perpetuate a supportive culture for students, families and each other.”