Florida principal awarded national Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership, her school named No. 1 in state

By: | November 27, 2018

Nongongoma Majova-Seane has led Stanton College Preparatory School to rank in the top 10 percent of U.S. schools.

Nongongoma Majova-Seane is principal of Stanton College Preparatory School, which has been named the No. 1 Florida high school for three consecutive years and continues to rank in the top 10 percent of U.S. schools.

Majova-Seane has boosted reading scores by combining instruction for students in grades 9 and 10, and then splitting them into AP or IB classes in their junior and senior years.

Along with 11 other U.S. principals, she recently won the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the U.S. Department of Education.

Principal Cecelie Owens, in addition to leading West Hertel Academy #94 in Buffalo Public Schools, is founder and president of G.I.R.L.S. Sports Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes sporting events for underserved girls ages 4 to 18.

Owens, whose organization has impacted over 5,000 students since 2007, was recently named an Everyday Hero by espnW, the sports network’s website that focuses on women’s athletics.

Jim Merriner, superintendent of Galena City School District in Alaska, also administers Interior Distance Education of Alaska, a home-schooling support program for 4,200 students and 330 recent dropouts.

He also oversees Galena Interior Learning Academy, a boarding school for 230 high schoolers. Many students enter the academy five grade levels below average in reading and often gain one grade level per year.