Mariner High School Principal Brent Kline has been named a finalist in the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year program.
Kline was recognized for his significant contributions to student achievement at the Everett school, according to a news release. His commitment to literacy has resulted in increases of the number of students meeting standards in reading and writing in the past decade. In 2012, 79.5 percent of students met reading standards and 89 percent met writing standards, up from 42 percent and 46 percent, respectively, in 2002.
“Teachers willingly allow Brent to hone his skills in their classrooms because they trust him,” said Mukilteo School District Superintendent Marci Larsen in a news release. “This level of trust is pervasive throughout the school and community.”
Kline was selected as the state principal of the year earlier this year. Three middle-level and three high-school principals were then chosen from the pool of state award winners. The national winner will be named in September. The six finalists each receive a $1,500 grant, which will be used to improve learning at their schools.
Last year, Trevor Greene of Toppenish High School on the Yakama Indian Reservation received the national award.