New Haven principal nominated for special award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A local New Haven principal is in the running for an award given to only one educator throughout New England.

Greg Baldwin, the principal of New Haven Academy, was just nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s $100,000 Larry O’Toole Award. It is an annual grant awarded to one of six educators representing each state in New England.

Baldwin is champion of equity and student voice. He oversees a curriculum that allows students to complete internships, engages them in citizenship education and encourages them to examine profound ethical questions about history, decision-making, prejudice and violence.

“This year’s O’Toole Award nominees are carrying out extraordinary work to ensure today’s learners are prepared for life after high school, and ready to contribute to their communities as informed citizens,” said Nick Donohue, president & CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. “Too many of our high school graduates today are entering college unprepared for the rigors of their coursework. These nominees exemplify what it means to put students at the center of their learning experience, providing them with a strong foundation and pathway toward successful futures. I am delighted to extend my utmost congratulations to this deserving group, and look forward to seeing who emerges as 2016’s winner.”

The award winner is decided by a public vote. If awarded the $100,000 O’Toole grant, Baldwin and New Haven Academy will invest in alumni support, reading support for students and programming that further fosters community engagement.

To cast a vote, go to http://studentsatthecenterhub.org/votenow. People have until Friday, June 3 at 12:00 p.m. to vote.

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