Principals of the Year

The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) has selected Dr. Ed Gettemeier, principal of Hardin Middle School in the St. Charles School District, as the 2014 Missouri Middle School Principal of the Year and Dr. Jason Snodgrass, principal at Fort Osage High School, as the 2014 Missouri High School Principal of the Year.  MASSP officially presented the awards during the annual MASSP Spring Conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Mo., on Monday, March 31, 2014.  They were awarded the recognition based on their impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and personalization of the learning environment.

MASSP sponsors the High School and Middle School Principal of the Year Programs. Dr. Gettemeier will represent Missouri in the 2015 National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Middle School Principal of the Year Program.  Dr. Snodgrass will represent Missouri in the 2015 National Association of Secondary School Principals’ High School Principal of the Year program.

Dr. Ed Gettemeier, Hardin Middle School in the St. Charles School District

Superintendent Jeff Marion wrote, “Dr. Gettemeier has modeled for students and staff a work ethic that is second to none.” and that he has “been a leader in the district’s efforts to implement Standards-Based Grading.”  

Dr. Marion also said, “Dr. Gettemeier believes in student and staff accountability, emphasizes and models data driven decision-making, and thinks outside the box to develop programs that meet the needs of a diverse population of learners.  Hardin Middle School has been transformed under his leadership.”

ELA teacher Marci Fendelman wrote, “Dr. Edward Gettemeier has instilled this shared vision of a community that supports one another.  It is what makes people proud to call Hardin home.”  She detailed his “plan to improve the ‘ABC’s’ – Academics, Behavior, and Climate”; his work “on scheduling time for teacher collaboration and intervention time for students and teachers”; “he partnered with St. Charles Juvenile Justice Center and a group of Hardin students to develop our Teen Court system”; and through his work “Hardin’s access to technology has multiplied…” and “ensures we have the technology to support the advancement in learning.”

The selection was made from more than 400 middle school principals from throughout Missouri. Dr. Gettemeier taught in the Francis Howell School District (1997-2001) and served as athletic director and then assistant principal at Francis Howell North High School (2001-2009) before he was named the principal at Hardin Middle School in St. Charles in 2009.  He received a Masters in Education (1992) at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, an Ed. Specialist (2009) and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University (2012).
Dr. Jason Snodgrass, Fort Osage High School

Assistant Superintendent Maria Fleming wrote, “Jason is the most focused, persistent and goal-oriented building administrator with whom I’ve ever had the opportunity to work.”  She described his efforts to increase achievement at the high school.  She continued, “Over the course of five years he has led the charge to improve student outcomes…” which led to increases in the ACT composite score from 20.9 to 21.3 while increasing the number of students tested by 10%.
 
Dr. Fleming wrote, “As much as the staff appreciates Dr. Snodgrass, the students love him that much more.  He has taken a school with a history of lack-luster student engagement and enthusiasm, and helped it to become a hotbed of school spirit and pride.”

French teacher Fran Burnett wrote, “Dr. Snodgrass may be results-focused, but he is people –oriented.”  She continued, “He has set a high standard for school spirit and has invigorated our building with his mantra, ‘Here at Fort Osage, we do things a little bit better!’ We are what we say, and through repetition of this empowering idea and by public praise of our students’ achievements, our students now believe this about themselves.” 

The selection was made from more than 600 high school principals from throughout Missouri. Dr. Snodgrass served as principal at Marceline High School (2002-2003), Polo High School (2003-2009) and has been principal at Fort Osage High School since 2009.   He received a Bachelor of Science (1997) at Central Missouri State University, a Master in Secondary Administration (2000), an Ed. Specialist from Northwest Missouri State University (2003) and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2010) at St. Louis University.
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