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Keeseville principal at the head of the class

KEESEVILLE-A local elementary school principal has been recognized by his perrs as the best in the state.

Kevin F. Hulbert, principal of the Keeseville Elementary School in the AuSable Valley Central School District, has been selected as the 2011 New York State Elementary School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS).

The award is given annually to a member of SAANYS who has set the pace, character, and quality of education for the children in his or her school. Nominees are administrators who are committed to students, parents, and the community and have shown exceptional contributions to the educational process.

"Thinking about Kevin's leadership style and what sets him apart from others in the field, the first words that come to mind are dynamic and visionary leader, strong and innovative leadership style and presence, loyalty and dedication, and an unwavering and unmatched passion for making things better for all students in the district," AVCS superintendent Paul Savage said.

Hulbert has served as an educator for 21 years and has been the principal at Keeseville Elementary for the past seven years. He previously served as an elementary teacher, a social studies teacher, an education specialist in a regional school support center, dean of students, and athletic director.

Keeseville Elementary was also recognized in 2010 with the College for Every Student "School of Distinction" Award for promoting college awareness throughout the school. KES was the only elementary school in New York and one of only two elementary schools in the nation to receive this recognition.

Hulbert cites the development of Keeseville's character education program among the accomplishments for which he is most proud.

"The use of the Response to Intervention model in a behavioral/emotional sense as well as in an academic sense has been a huge accomplishment and has resulted in improved student behavior and academic achievement," Hulbert said, adding he is proud of Keeseville's service projects and the level of participation that program has garnered.

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