Lenz named Region 5 MS principal of the year

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- By Katie Zerr

The South Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals (SDASSP), at their meeting in Deadwood Jan. 22, named Mobridge-Pollock Middle School Principal Joe Lenz the Region 5 Middle School Principal of the Year.

Lenz said he was surprised, to say the least, about the honor.

“It is very humbling,” he said. “I think it is a direct reflection on the teachers that I work with and the students, the administration and great facility we have.”

Lenz said he is proud of the direction the Mobridge-Pollock School District is going.

“I think we have created a great atmosphere for learning in this district,” he said. “With the programs that we have initiated we are giving the students more opportunities to succeed.”

Mobridge-Pollock Superintendent Tim Frederick said Lenz is an intricate part of the success of the school district.

“Mr. Lenz is quite deserving of being recognized as the MS Principal of the Year for Region 5,” he said. “He has been largely responsible in building a cohesive staff that keeps the focus on the needs of his students. His ability to connect with students, parents and staff members has made a great impact in developing a positive school culture.”

In a presentation at the conference Julie Marshall, the middle school/high school principal at the Timber Lake School, told the group, “Our Region 5 Middle School Principal of the Year has been at the Mobridge Pollock School District for the past four years as middle school principal and activities director. Prior to this, he was the director of Northwest Area Schools as well as being an elementary teacher and assistant principal in Arizona. Joe constantly strives to promote a positive teaching and learning culture in the Mobridge-Pollock Middle School. He has implemented the ICU program to help students increase their motivation and pride in their academic work with positive results for his students. Mr. Lenz is a visible figure in the hallways and classrooms of his school and challenges his staff to emphasize learning and be positive. Joe motivates his staff to be their best through his everyday interactions and professional development opportunities that include book studies on current issues in education. Joe and his wife, Amber, have three sons, Caden, Carter and Lucas and they are all very active in the Mobridge community.”

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