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Education adjunct receives honor

November 14, 2013

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CasconeAn adjunct professor in Avila University’s School of Education recently was honored as one of America’s best elementary school principals.

Vincent M. Cascone, Ph.D., principal at Visitation Catholic School in Kansas City, Mo., was among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the U.S. and abroad to be named as 2013 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Cascone became an adjunct in the School of Education earlier this year.

“As a principal on a personal and professional quest for excellence, Dr. Cascone was very willing to bring his expertise to the university classroom to support the growth of teachers in training,” said Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “He believes strongly in holistic approaches to educating children and involving families and communities in that journey. His professional philosophy and practices mirror and extend the mission of the Avila University School of Education – educating innovative, adaptable and involved professionals who will provide service to a diverse and ever-changing population.”

Cascone and his colleagues were honored at an awards banquet Oct. 25 in Washington D.C.

Established in 1984, the program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools.

“Only a principal can move a school from good to great, simultaneously championing children and uplifting the communities they serve,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly. “We congratulate this class of NDPs for their steadfast dedication to educating our nation’s children to their fullest potential.”


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