Local Principal Named Principal of the Year

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PJ Caposey has been named Principal of the Year for the Northwest Region of the state by the Illinois Principal’s Association. This award serves as a nomination from our region of the state for the overall Illinois Principal of the Year. From this final grouping one honoree will be selected and honored in October at the IPA state conference.

PJ currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent and High School principal for Meridian CUSD 223. Previously, PJ served as principal at Oregon High School for four years and was an administrator in Rockford previously. Before coming to the Rock River region PJ taught at Percy Julian High School in the inner-city of Chicago.

PJ’s career highlights include leading Oregon High School to being recognized as one of the nation’s best high school by US News and World report in Spring of 2012 and Newsweek in 2013. Additionally, Caposey has become an influence on the greater educational community as well through his writing and presenting. His efforts have led him to be recognized at both the state and national level. Caposey has been recognized by IPA as the Horace Mann Partners in Education award winner and by the Illinois State Board of Education through the Those Who Excel program. On the national level Caposey has been named an Emerging Leader by ASCD and recognized as one of the top educators under 40 years of age nationally through the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Program. PJ has also published two books on school improvement and teacher improvement and has had blogs posted on sites such as the Huffington Post and Edutopia. Furthermore, PJ has spoken throughout the nation on various topics, highlighted by speaking twice this coming March at the nation’s largest education conference.

Caposey said of the honor, “I would like to thank IPA Northwest for this recognition. IPA is a wonderful organization that not only does great work to support their members, but also to advance educational issues throughout the state (and nation) that need attention.

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