Educational Leadership

USM Alumna Named 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year

USM alumna, Kimberlee Bennett, was named the 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA.)  Bennett pursued her interest in education early with an undergraduate concentration in Special Education at Farmington. In 2011, she earned her masters degree in Educational Leadership from USM and began her career as a special education teacher in Fryeburg.  Two years later, she landed a teaching position at the Gorham Middle School where she remained for 12 years before accepting the Assistant Principal position she now holds in South Portland. The Portland Press Herald quoted MPA Executive Director, Richard Durost, as saying that Bennett demonstrated, “authentic, student-centered leadership (that addresses) school issues in a positive, proactive manner (and ensures) that all students feel as though they belong at her school.”

Bennett herself was thrilled to receive the award, saying:

“I am honored to be named Maine's Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year for 2019.  As is true with all jobs in education, the work I do is both difficult and rewarding. I appreciate that the hard work that assistant principals throughout the state do every day is recognized.  Receiving this award means that as I do the work I love I have been able to make a difference, that I have been able to build relationships with students, staff, and community members that are positive.  It means I have contributed to the incredible things happening at South Portland High School. I am incredibly grateful to work with students and staff who inspire me, proud to be part of the ever changing South Portland community, and honored to be named Maine's Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year.”