Dr. Alston Named Middle School Principal of the Year

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For the second time in as many months, Robert M. Finley Middle School Principal Dr. Anael Alston has been recognized for his commitment to the children of Glen Cove as a recipient of the Middle School Principal of the Year Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Dr. Alston, who recently achieved his doctorate in education, will appear with other recipients in the April edition of the SAANYS member publication “News and Notes” and will be honored at the organization’s May 2011 annual awards ceremony to be held in Latham, NY.

The award comes off of the heels of Finley Middle School being named a 2011 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough School, which was granted to only five middle schools in the country this year. The award recognizes considerable gains in academic achievement and a dedication to meet the needs of every student through collaboration between staff and students, a strong school-community/home connection and a focus on differentiated instruction and rigorous coursework.

“[Dr. Alston’s] achievements in school administration are outstanding and his dedication to the field of education exemplary,” said SAANYS Executive Director Kevin Casey.
In February, Dr. Alston was also named one of fourteen recipients of the 2011 Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” award. The agency will honor him and the other recipients during a special ceremony, also to be held in May.

“I have witnessed and believe in the transformative power of a quality education. I take that belief to work with me daily,’ said Dr. Alston, citing a strong level of accountability and the collaborative environment forged between faculty, staff, parents, local businesses, city government and houses of worship as a key to the school’s recent success. “We have learned to work together to meet the needs of the students. In effect, we’ve realized that our successes are inextricably bound.”

Serving as Finley Principal since 2005, Mr. Alston possesses more than 16 years of experience as an administrator and teacher. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, and a teaching assistant at Teachers College at Columbia University An active proponent of educational progress, Dr. Alston has presented at statewide conferences and given keynote speeches and lectures on school change and curriculum reform. Additionally, he is part of a two-year leadership academy sponsored by Molloy College that is dedicated to identifying and addressing complex issues challenging Long Island.