Middle School Principal Receives REB Leadership Award

Nancy O. Disharoon, principal of Stonewall Jackson Middle School (SJMS), was recently named the Hanover County Public Schools winner of the 2014-2015 REB Distinguished Educational Leadership by The Community Foundation.  As a recipient, Disharoon will receive a $7,500 cash grant, as well as an additional $7,500 to be used towards a school project. 

This annual award is presented to one principal from each school division in the counties of Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield, as well as the City of Richmond.  It serves to “recognize the principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.”  Candidates can be nominated by the public, school community, or they may submit themselves for consideration. 


“It is really hard to put into words what the REB award means to me.  I do my job and I love it, and that is reward enough.  When I was nominated, I felt like I had already won.  I was humbled to know that my colleagues and a parent had taken the time to recognize me.  I am overwhelmed with emotion, and I’m grateful for every single person who has helped me throughout my career to get to this point,” said Disharoon.

“I’m incredibly proud of Nancy’s well-deserved accomplishment.  Her genuine and selfless nature is evident in all that she does on behalf of our students, her staff, and school division each day.  While there are so many demands placed upon a principal, she never loses focus on what matters most—her students and their achievement,” said Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, Superintendent of Schools.

Disharoon plans to use the $7,500 in school project funds to create a dedicated “maker space” within the SJMS library called “Innovation Station.”  Here, students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials and technology to create artwork, build machines, develop models, and test their creative ideas.  The funds will also be used to purchase of a 3D printer.  “The possibilities are only limited by the students’ imagination,” said Disharoon.     

Disharoon began her career in education in 1986 as an elementary school teacher and has been employed with Hanover County Public Schools since 2004.  She has served as the principal of Stonewall Jackson Middle School since 2009. 





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