Geneseo Community Unit School District #228, in conjunction with the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), is celebrating Principal Appreciation Week from October 15-21, 2023, and Principal Appreciation Day on Friday, October 20, 2023.
Geneseo schools has eight total principals and assistant principals throughout its five buildings–Tom Ryerson, Brooke Emmerson and Jeremy Mosier at Geneseo High School, Nathan O'Dell and Dean Johnson at Geneseo Middle School, Brian Hofer at Southwest Elementary, Philip Moe at Millikin Elementary, and Joe Mowen at Northside Elementary.
“Our principals are among the best in the state,” stated Superintendent Dr. Adam Brumbaugh. “We are fortunate to have them in our district and I am blessed to get to work with them.”
This state-endorsed recognition was first approved by the Governor of Illinois in 1990 and is celebrated annually. The IPA also joins the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) to recognize October as National Principals Month. Principal Appreciation Day provides learning communities an opportunity to publicly recognize the work, commitment and importance of principals, assistant principals, and deans throughout the state.
IPA President and Elk Grove High School Principal, Dr. Paul Kelly, shared, “The school principal has one of the most demanding, challenging, and rewarding jobs in existence–shaping and guiding one of the very cornerstones of the community. And as we celebrate Principal Appreciation Week, let me be the first to say to my colleagues, thank you for leading forward each and every day.”