ROCK HILL — Michael Waiksnis, principal at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill, has been named the 2014 middle school principal of the year by the S.C. Association of School Administrators.
District officials surprised him with the news at a celebration Wednesday.
Waiksnis said the award was as much a testament to the hard work of his students and faculty as it was to him. His leadership style involves collaboration and innovation, he said.
Were never afraid to try something new, he said.
And while Sullivan has about 900 students, Waiksnis says, Hello, to close to 100 percent of them every single day.
One of the keys to education, especially in middle school, is having good relationships with your students, he said. They have to know you care about them.
Waiksnis has been the Sullivan principal since 2008. Before that he had been an assistant principal since 2000, most recently at Castle Heights Middle School before moving to Sullivan. He also has five years experience as a teacher.
He holds a masters degree in educational leadership and a bachelors degree in social science from Florida Atlantic University.
Michael has distinguished himself as an outstanding administrative leader who provides a high-quality learning environment with high expectations for his students, staff and for himself, interim Rock Hill Superintendent John Taylor said.
Molly Spearman, executive director of the school administrators group, called Waiksnis an enthusiastic school leader who represents the high quality of school principals across our state.
To be a great school, you must have a great principal and Sullivan is fortunate to have his leadership.