Stanley Spoor, Principal of Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, has been named the 2017 Delaware Secondary Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Principals (DASP). He will represent Delaware along with all other state winners at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) annual institute held in September in Washington, D.C. Candidates must be a principal for five years, and are nominated by colleagues.
Spoor has been the principal of Howard since 2012. During his tenure, the school has received prestigious national and statewide recognitions. Howard was named a Bronze Medal School by U.S. News and World Report four times in the past five years, listing Howard as one of the top 8 high schools in Delaware. Howard was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program school for its innovation, leadership, and education excellence, and it also was named a Verizon Innovative Learning School, one of only 12 in the nation at the time of the award.
Spoor has been invited twice to present at the National School Boards Association annual conference on initiatives and strategies he helped develop focused on improving student achievement at Howard. He and his team were invited to present on Howard’s 1:1 iPad initiative at the annual International Society for Technology Education Conference. He has been selected as a National Principals Academy Fellow by the Relay Graduate School of Education. He has been an invited panelist by the Rodel Foundation to participate in conference presentations, and was named an iEducate Delaware Winner.
Under his leadership, the school was named a Delaware Reward and Recognition School, and a School of Continued Excellence by the Delaware Department of Education. Most recently, the school’s new student leadership development initiative that he introduced at Howard, named iLEAD, has already won national recognition.
Prior to being named principal, he served as assistant principal at Howard for five years. He was a social studies teacher at William Penn High School and Hodgson Vo-Tech, where he also served as a state championship wrestling coach. He earned his Bachelors degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and two Masters degrees and his Doctor of Education degree from Wilmington University.
“We are most fortunate to have such an energetic, skilled leader as Stan representing Delaware’s finest school principals,” said DASP President Clifton Hayes, principal of Delcastle Technical High School. “Acquiring rewards and recognitions is not his focus – yet they have come as a result of his leadership and his push for innovation to improve outcomes for all students. That he is highly regarded by students, faculty, and parents alike is a testament to both his integrity and his commitment to his students.”