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BCPS Principal Michelle Kefford Named National Principal of the Year Finalist
Published Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Michelle Kefford for being named a finalist for the 2021 National Principal of the Year award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession. 

As Florida’s Principal of the Year, Kefford was named a contender for the National Principal of the Year award. An educator for more than 20 years with BCPS, Kefford started her teaching career as a biology teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. She later became principal at Charles W. Flanagan High School in 2011. During her tenure at Charles W. Flanagan High, the school earned its first-ever “A” state letter grade and received an “A” for six out of her seven years at the helm. In 2019, Kefford returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as its leader. As a passionate educator, Kefford has also held various positions on District committees, volunteers on numerous city and county committees, and works continuously to build school pride and staff morale. 

“We are proud of Principal Kefford for the amazing contributions she continues to make to her students, school and community,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “She has made a profound and deliberate impact on her students, teachers and administrators by creating an environment responsive to her school and community’s needs, while also allowing for innovation and creativity to nurture academic success.” 

The NASSP National Principal of the Year program honors State Principals of the Year from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity. Out of these exceptional school leaders, three are selected as finalists and one is ultimately selected for the National Principal of the Year award. The 2021 National Principal of the Year will be virtually announced on October 21, 2020, during National Principals Month. 


BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - “Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.” :  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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