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.
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
“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.