National Principal of the Year
On April 7th at the 51st Annual Montana Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) Spring Conference in Helena, the MASSP Principal of the Year was announced. The award recognizes outstanding leadership of active, front-line principals who have succeeded in providing exceptional learning opportunities for students.
Dan Kimzey, Principal of Hamilton High School
Mr. Dan Kimzey, principal of Hamilton High School, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 - 17 Montana Association of Secondary School Principals’ (MASSP) Principal of the Year in April. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher and has 14 years of administrative experience, beginning with six years as assistant high school principal at Polson. He was the Hamilton Middle School principal for three years and just completed his fifth year at Hamilton High School. Dan will also be serving as the 2016-17 MASSP president.
Mr. Kimzey has been described by students in his community as a leader who not only cares about the student body collectively, but for each student’s individual success. Students recognize his ability to promote a better educational environment for all learners and appreciate his desire to listen and to take into consideration their feelings. Staff members have expressed their appreciation for Dan’s ability to be an anchor regarding true academia, defending professionalism and academic growth. Administrators in his district describe him as having a relentless focus and commitment to making a positive difference within the lives of students, as well as young people in general, each and every day. His impact on education is evident through a personal and professional emphasis on high quality instruction within a high quality environment. A visible and engaging leader, Dan models his commitment to excellence every day to his professional staff, his parents, and his community.
Mr. Kimzey comes from a teaching family and always knew he would become a teacher. Receiving this award carries special meaning as his father was the MASSP Superintendent of the Year 25 years ago when he was the superintendent of Dillon Public Schools. Dan saw how much love and labor his father put in to being an administrator and stated, “The proudest thing is to have my name on the wall with my dad.”
As the Montana recipient, Dan is eligible for the National High School Principal of the Year Award. The award is sponsored by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.