Donna McGuire, assistant principal at PS/IS 18 – The Park Terrace School in the New York City Public Schools, District 6, has been selected as the 2023 New York State Assistant Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Donna has been honored at the Irish Echo Labor Awards.
The award she has just won, according to a release, "is given annually to an elementary or middle level administrator and member of SAANYS and NAESP who is clearly committed to excellence, has programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students, and has firm ties to parents and the community.'
Added the release: "Believing that everyone at PS/IS 18 - The Park School should have a voice, McGuire has promoted a culture that encourages a collaborative model with administration, staff, and students, as well as partnerships with families – always striving to foster positive relationships."
Assistant Principal Patricia Gil commented, "Donna McGuire has a can-do attitude, serves with humility and grace, looks out for others, and wants to help. Donna is a true role model for everyone around her. She has been a trailblazer and a mentor to other assistant principals and staff. She knows how to connect people in-person and via technology and is happy to help other educators do the same."
McGuire received her Bachelor of Science from SUNY Oneonta, Master of Science in Education from Fordham University, Master of Science in Education from Baruch College, and has completed coursework in doctoral studies at Fordham University.
McGuire and fellow 2023 award winners will also be recognized at SAANYS’ annual awards celebration, taking place on May 5 at the Crown Plaza Albany - Desmond Hotel.
SAANYS represents nearly 14,000 school administrators, supervisors, and coordinators.