Anchorage's Polaris K-12 principal selected for national education board

Reston, Virg. ­— Denise Greene-Wilkinson, principal of Polaris K-12 School in Anchorage, has been elected to serve as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (National Honor Society) president-elect for the 2011-12 school year and president for 2012-13. NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world.

Greene-Wilkinson will start as president-elect backed by two decades of experience in the job of principal. She has been the principal of Polaris K-12 since 1993, and before that served as a curriculum principal and assistant principal in her district. She is hoping that her experience in the profession — and dedication to student achievement — will drive her work as NASSP president.

Greene-Wilkinson’s professional affiliation with NASSP has spanned more than 20 years; she has been a member of the association since 1990 and has served on several Board committees and NASSP task forces. She has also given service to the Alaska state principals’ association, where she acted as state coordinator and board director, among other positions.

Greene-Wilkinson received the ASD Award of Excellence for Leadership in 2009, and her school was honored for being the first in Alaska to earn a 100% graduation rate. She has also been recognized as the Alaska Region IV Middle School Principal of the Year (2006), the Alaska State Small School Principal of the Year (2003), and the Alaska Region IV High School Principal of the Year (2002). Although she has spent the majority of her career in Alaska, she earned her professional degrees in three states, with a bachelor’s in liberal studies from San Jose University, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Hawaii, and a certificate in educational leadership from the University of Alaska.


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