Odajima Named Texas Assistant Principal of the Year Dec14

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Odajima Named Texas Assistant Principal of the Year

 

odajima-2016Midway High School Associate Principal Becky Odajima is the Texas Assistant Principal of the Year, as named by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

 

Superintendent Dr. George Kazanas said of Odajima, “We are certainly so proud of [her]. She is highly intelligent and always poised, yet she finds a way for her quiet strength and warm heart to shine through.”

 

Odajima is in her first year as second in command to interim leadership. The award reflects her ability to step up quickly and capably to demands of a high-performing school while filling the void left by the departure of MHS’ principal and associate principal this past summer. She previously served as an assistant principal for one year and instructional specialist for MHS. Her experience also includes instructional technology for Waco ISD, band director at middle schools in Michigan, and assistant band director in Cedar Park and Robinson.

 

Odajima is a current doctoral student at Baylor University, holds her Superintendent Certification from University of Texas Tyler, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Stephen F. Austin University.

 

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Midway Independent School District has celebrated an extraordinary string of state leadership awards in recent years. Odajima’s award is preceded by:

 

2016

State Finalist for Outstanding Small School District (H-E-B Excellence in Education) – District

Nick Smith, Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist (TEPSA) – Woodgate Intermediate

Jay Fischer, Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist (TEPSA) – Spring Valley Elementary

Aaron Peña, Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist (TEPSA) – Woodway Elementary

 

2015

Diane Gough, Texas National Distinguished Principal (TEPSA) – Hewitt Elementary

Aaron Peña, Texas Elementary Outstanding Principal (H-E-B Excellence in Education) – Woodway Elementary

Heather Metzgar, Texas Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year (TEPSA) – Hewitt Elementary

Dr. Mark Pantle, Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year (TASP) – District

Rick Tullis, State Business Leaders of the Year (CTAT) – School Board

 

2014

Texas Honor Board (TASA) – School Board

Jeff Gasaway, Texas Principal of the Year Finalist (TASSP) – Midway High School

Nick Smith, Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist (TEPSA) – Woodgate Intermediate

 

2013

Alison Smith, Texas Assistant Principal of the Year (TASSP) – Midway High School