Joseph Porrazzo, Assistant Principal at Ponaganset Middle School, is the 2016 Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals was announced on February 17, 2016 at a ceremony at the middle school. The award recognizes assistant principals who have exhibited outstanding success in leadership, curriculum and personalization.
“Joseph has made great strides at his middle school and is an excellent example of the role an assistant principal plays in education,” said Don Rebello, RIASP’s president. “He has dedicated himself to encouraging a personalized learning environment and is a model of collaborative leadership.”
The principal of Ponaganset Middle School, Patricia Marcotte, echoed these sentiments in her letter of recommendation for the award.
“Mr. Porrazzo acts on the belief that all students can learn and advocates for their best interests,” wrote Principal Marcotte. “He has been instrumental in leading our PBIS and RTI initiatives as he focuses on the positive outcomes and successes of the students. He personalizes the learning environment through teaching and learning and emphasizes the importance of each aspect equally.”
Porrazzo has been the assistant principal at Ponaganset Middle School for the past six years, where he has led a collaborative culture, including a collaborative effort that integrates reading and writing across the curriculum, including the unified arts. Three years ago, Ponaganset Middle School was recognized as one of 12 schools “Leading the Way” in RI. Subsequently, Ponaganset Middle School was recognized by the RI Department of Education for improvements of their NECAP scores in reading and mathematics.