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Augusta, ME – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Eben Shaw, Principal at Leavitt Area High School in Turner, has been named Maine’s NASSP Principal of the Year for 2020.  He will be honored by the MPA at an awards banquet later in the Spring. 

Mr. Shaw received the award because he embodies the values to which his community aspires.  Values such as generosity, humility, grit, positivity, adaptability, creative problem solving and deep caring for his staff and students.  He is well respected by those he works with.  Whether it is implementing mindfulness processes for stress, opportunities to attend truck driving school, providing many club opportunities or supporting his staff with coaching and professional development, Mr. Shaw finds ways to provide what his students and staff need to succeed on their chosen path.

In announcing Mr. Shaw’s selection as 2020 Maine’s NASSP Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director of the Professional Division, Holly Couturier noted, “Principal Shaw has dedicated his professional life to his community and his celebration of students and staff through multiple platforms is a testament to the relationships he has fostered at Leavitt Area High School.”

Mr. Shaw graduated from the University of Maine in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Eben then went on to obtain his Masters of Science Degree in 2007 from Walden University.

He started his educational career as a science teacher at Auburn Middle School in 1998.  In 2000, returned to the high school he graduated from and became a Science Teacher at Leavitt Area High School.  He then moved into the Assistant Principal Role in 2007 and has been the proud principal of the same school since 2010 where he still serves in that capacity today.

Mr. Shaw is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA).  

The Maine Principals’ Association is a professional association representing Maine’s K-12 principals, assistant principals, and career and technology center directors.  The Association dates to 1921 and focuses its work on promoting the principalship, supporting principals as educational leaders, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.

Principal of the Year announcement was made on Leavitt Area High School’s Buzz Media program on April 1, 2020.  YouTube link is below:

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