King Philip Principal Named CAS Middle School Principal of the Year

King Philip Principal Joy Wright. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Joy Wright, the principal of West Hartford’s King Philip Middle School was just notified that she has received the statewide honor.

By Ronni Newton

King Philip Principal Joy Wright has been named “Middle School Principal of the Year” for 2020 by the Connecticut Association of Superintendents (CAS), selected from among all of the middle schools in the state.

Principal Tom Moore announced the honor at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

“They noted what a change agent for her school and in our community Joy has been,” Moore said. “We can’t say anything other than how proud we are to have her as a leader in our district.”

The letter Wright received from the CAS Awards and Recognition Committee noted that she was chosen from among a pool of skilled and dedicated administrators. “As evidenced by your impressive application packet and superb (remote) site visit, you have been a deeply influential and respected change-agent in your school and community.”

Wright will be honored at a recognition dinner at the Saint Clements Castle in Portland on Nov. 5, 2020, along with the elementary and high school principals of the year.

“Obviously, it is impossible to predict what restrictions may be in place come November, but we hold out every hope that we will be able to proceed with this celebration as planned,” the letter states.

“We congratulate you on this award and look forward to celebrating your achievement in November.”

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