Two Ozark principals honored as best in region

The Ozark school district has been on a roll this year with four administrators singled out for honors, including two principals in December.

Kim Fitzpatrick and Anna Thurman were named principals of the year for the southwest regional group of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals.

Fitzpatrick, principal of Ozark South Elementary for 14 years, was named Distinguished Principal of the Year.

The association gives the award to a top leader who has been a building principal for at least five years and set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for students, families and staff.

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Anna Thurman

Thurman, principal of Ozark East Elementary since 2019, was named the Exemplary New Principal for the southwest region of MAESP. Prior to that, she was the assistant principal at Ozark South Elementary since 2013.

“I can’t think of two more deserving professionals,” said Kent Sappington, the executive director of elementary learning, in a news release.

“These two principals work tirelessly for the children in our community. They meet the individual needs of 700-plus students and staff every day. It is always nice to see hard work pay off. I couldn’t be more proud of our Ozark principals.”

Earlier in 2020, two other Ozark administrators were recognized.

The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals named Ozark High School Principal Jeremy Brownfield as the Exemplary New Principal and Ozark Junior High Assistant Principal Dr. Philip Link as Assistant Principal of the Year.

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