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Wes Taylor

Lowndes High School Principal Wes Taylor is a national finalist for Principal of the Year.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals announced the three national finalists this week.

Earlier in the year, Taylor was named the 2011 Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals.

The state award put him in contention for the national honor.

“I’m honored, surprised and humbled as well,” Taylor said. “I think that this is a recognition of hard work on a lot of people’s parts, not just mine, dedicated teachers, hardworking staff, very supportive parents, school board and superintendent. I just happen to be the guy that gets to be a part of that recognition.”

Taylor and the two other finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., in August for interviews and presentations.

In September all 50 state winners will travel to the nation’s capital where the national winner will be announced, Taylor said.

He credits this recognition with the hard work of the entire staff at Lowndes High School.

“There are a lot of folks that worked hard. The climate at Lowndes is such that people enjoy coming to work and students like to come to school at Lowndes,” he said.

This is not Taylor’s first time as a Georgia Principal of the Year nominee.

Last year he was one of three finalists to compete for the award.

Taylor recently told the Times that the last two of three national winners have been Georgia principals.

This is Taylor’s seventh year as principal at Lowndes High School and his 19th as a high school principal.

The Principal of the Year recognition program is sponsored by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The Principal of the Year program recognizes principals that excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others, and community service.

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