• Principal McLain Named National Finalist

    Bryan McLain, principal of Denton Creek Elementary, was recently selected as a Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

    The NDP program promotes PreK-8 educational excellence and focuses on the fundamental importance of the school principal. The program honors principals who exhibit extraordinary leadership, commitment to their students and staff, service to their communities, and contributions to the profession, including their professional associations.

    “At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal,” TEPSA Executive Director Sandi Borden said. “Bryan not only leads his students to success but he serves as a role model at the state level.”

    Believing that relationships with students, teachers and staff are the basis for success, McLain built a school culture that is unified, strong and cohesive. Effectively balancing these relationships with data, McLain is often found teaching vocabulary lessons in classrooms. It is this love of sharing words that inspired him to create a successful initiative which is regularly presented at state and national conferences. Under McLain's direction, Denton Creek was named the fifth best public school in Texas by Texas Monthly. As well, the school boasts the highest TAKS and commended scores in Coppell and was named an Honor Roll School by the Texas Business and Education Coalition.

    McLain and his fellow National Distinguished Principal finalists will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception and Banquet Wednesday, June 9, in Austin.

    Each year, Texas recognizes one elementary-level National Distinguished Principal who represents Texas in Washington, D.C. The award recipient, who will be announced later this month, also receives a check for $10,000 thanks to a generous donation from Mentoring Minds. This year TEPSA received 93 nominations for the award. After a rigorous reading process, in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected 11 finalists who showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators.

    Criteria for selection of the principals are set by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education. The Texas program is supported by Mentoring Minds. Partnering with educators in the continuous pursuit of providing a quality education for all students, Mentoring Minds is an educational publisher focused on creating a successful learning environment for all children.

    Since 1917, TEPSA has served Texas principals and supervisors. TEPSA has more than 5,800 members. These administrators supervise more than 150,000 teachers who direct the activities of more than 2.3 million PreK-8 school children.