Lee receives 2017 TASSP’s Outstanding Texas Principal Award

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Dr. Donny Lee, a former administrator at Bullard Independent School District, now the Superintendent of Schools at Oakwood ISD, was recently recognized for his efforts in education, as he was presented the 2017 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ Outstanding Texas Principal Award on Tuesday, June 12, at the Hilton Hotel in Austin.

Lee was selected as a representative for the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the 2017-2018 Region VII Outstanding High School Principal of the Year in July 2017.

“Putting students first is my top priority,” Lee said. “I’m honored to have been selected for this award by fellow high school principals. However, none of this would have been possible without the fantastic team of teachers we have who worked tirelessly to ensure that every single student was successful.”

TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 regional education centers in the state. The state’s title of Texas High School Principal of the Year is an award for which school administrators are nominated and selected by their peers in their respective regions.

TASSP’s website says the organization seeks to recognize exemplary performance among campus level administrators in Texas.

According to a press release about the honor, nominations for the award are based upon exemplary performance and outstanding leadership.

Each Region screens nominations made by colleagues, selecting one outstanding administrator that serves as a high school principal, junior high or middle school principal, high school assistant principal, or junior high or middle school assistant principal.

During Lee’s three-year tenure at Frankston High School, he was named one of 2016’s best public high schools, holding a 100 percent graduation rate. Lee also created a bass fishing team at Frankston ISD, as well as a program to ensure all students participated in extra-curricular activities. He was selected to serve on the TASSP Board of Directors.

Prior to his time at Frankston, Lee served at Bullard ISD for 8 years as a teacher, coach, and middle school assistant principal. Lee’s educational experience also includes serving as the athletic coordinator/special education teacher at Westwood ISD, as well as resource math teacher/coach at Longview’s Pine Tree ISD.

As an instructional leader, Lee led FHS to a Texas Education Association preliminary rating of B, B, B, A, ranking FHS second out of 112 schools in Region VII.

Lee graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Master of Education degree and Doctorate of Education Administration degree from Lamar University. He is married to his wife, Leah, and has two children: Abby and Andi.

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