Lee named Region VII Outstanding High School Principal of the Year

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Dr. Donny Lee, a former administrator at Bullard Independent School District, now the Superintendent of Schools at Oakwood ISD, was selected recently as a representative for the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the 2017-2018 Region VII Outstanding High School Principal of the Year.

"Putting students first is my top priority,” Lee said. “I'm honored to have been selected for this award by fellow high school principals. However, none of this would have been possible without the fantastic team of teachers we have who worked tirelessly to ensure that every single student was successful."

TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 regional education centers in the state.

Lee, formerly the principal at Frankston High School for the past three years, will now compete as the Region VII winner for the State title of Texas High School Principal of the Year, an award for which school administrators are nominated and selected by their peers in their respective regions.

According to a press release about the honor, nominations for the award are based upon exemplary performance and outstanding leadership.

TASSP’s website says the organization seeks to recognize exemplary performance among campus level administrators in Texas.

Each region screens nominations made by colleagues, selecting one outstanding administrator that serves as a high school principal, junior high or middle school principal, high school assistant principal, or junior high or middle school assistant principal.

The Region Outstanding Principal/Assistant Principal Awards are presented at the Josten’s Night of the Stars Awards Dinner held in conjunction with the TASSP Summer Workshop.

During his three-year tenure at Frankston ISD, Frankston High School was named one of 2016's best public high schools. The school also had a 100 percent graduation rate.

Lee also created a bass fishing team at Frankston ISD, as well as a program to ensure all students participated in extra-curricular activities. He was selected to serve on the TASSP Board of Directors.

As an instructional leader, Lee led the high school to a Texas Education Association preliminary rating of B, B, B, A, ranking FHS second out of 112 schools in Region VII.

Prior to his time at Frankston, Lee served at Bullard ISD for 8 years as a teacher, coach, and middle school assistant principal. Lee’s educational experience also includes serving as the athletic coordinator/special education teacher at Westwood ISD, as well as resource math teacher/coach at Longview’s Pine Tree ISD.

On Thursday, April 27, Lee was selected as the Lone Finalist for the vacant Superintendent position with Oakwood ISD. He began in his new position officially on Saturday, July 1.

With a total of eight years of administrative experience to his credit, Lee is he looking forward to the opportunities that Oakwood ISD has to offer.

"I'm very honored and excited to lead Oakwood ISD,” said Lee. “The district has a very strong reputation for excellence and was recently named as a Blue Ribbon School. Only 22 schools in the state were awarded that prestigious honor and I'm thrilled to be a part of a forward-thinking team."

Lee graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Master of Education degree and Doctorate of Education Administration degree from Lamar University. He is married to his wife, Leah, of 13 years, and has two children: Abby (12) and Andi (7).

If Lee is selected as a State winner by the TASSP Principals Image Committee, he will advance to compete for the NASSP National Principal of the Year Award.

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