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World of Inquiry's Sheela Webster Honored as New York State Principal of the Year

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    Sarah Norris

Sheelarani Webster's recognition marks the first time a principal from an urban school has won the award, given by the School Administrators Association of New York State. EL Education is delighted to share in congratulating Sheela on this well-deserved honor!

From the Rochester City School District:

Rochester, NY—The School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) today announced World of Inquiry School No. 58 Principal Sheelarani Webster as the 2017 New York State K-12 Building Principal of the Year.

This award is given annually to a SAANYS member who demonstrates leadership in establishing the pace, character and mission of the building, with creativity and resourcefulness in providing comprehensive programs and services for all levels and grades. The award was created to recognize the unique characteristics of a K-12 building and the related demands, expectations and challenges of a Principal in this multi-level environment.

Sheela Webster

“This award is truly a reflection of the collective efforts between our dedicated teachers, staff, students, families, District leaders and community partners here at School 58, where all parties work together in the best interest of our students,” Ms. Webster said. “I am honored to represent my school community, the District and the City of Rochester, and I am humbled to receive this recognition. I’d also like to thank my family for their support and encouragement throughout my professional journey.”

Ms. Webster was first introduced to the Rochester City School District as a parent at James P.B. Duffy School No. 12 more than 25 years ago. Inspired by her children’s teachers and administrators, she decided to pursue a career in education; she even completed her student teaching at Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School No. 34 and World of Inquiry School No. 58, where she is Principal today. In 1992, she was hired as an elementary teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School No. 9, and eventually returned to School No. 58, where she served as a teacher, instructional coach, Assistant Principal, and then Principal in 2010, when the school began its grow-out to a K-12 building.
“Today I join with other supporters across the Rochester City School District in saluting Principal Sheela Webster on the auspicious occasion of being the first K-12 urban Principal to earn the recognition of SAANYS K-12 Building Principal of the year,” said School Chief Amy Schiavi. “I know that I speak in unison with the World of Inquiry family in saying that we are honored to stand alongside a courageous, dedicated leader who has paved the way for transformational work in urban education. Principal Webster is the change, and there is no one more deserving of this recognition.”
“As we continue to focus on leading for equity in our District, I am grateful for mission-driven Principals like Sheela Webster,” said Rochester Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams. “I applaud her willingness and desire to collaborate with students, families, staff and the community, as one crew dedicated to the guiding principle of diversity and inclusion. Her strong leadership at World of Inquiry has led the school’s successful implementation of Expeditionary Learning, which now serves as a model for other District schools. I am delighted to congratulate Ms. Webster on this well-deserved recognition.”
Ms. Webster will be recognized at an awards reception in May.
See also:
World of Inquiry principal earns K-12 Principal of the Year award

World of Inquiry principal Sheelarani Webster selected K-12 Building Principal of the Year
Rochester World of Inquiry School Principal Receives State Honor