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OHS’s Andrew Nelson named Principal of the Year for region

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 11:02 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 11:03 a.m. CDT
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The Illinois Principals Association (IPA) recently named Oregon High School principal Andrew Nelson as the 2016 Principal of the Year in the Northwest Region.

Officials from Oregon School District made the announcement during the district’s February board meeting.

“Andrew has been instrumental in promoting innovative programs that have benefited both students and teachers at Oregon High School. His proactive approach to our students’ education make him incredibly deserving of this award and the district is honored to have him as our high school’s principal,” said Superintendent Tom Mahoney. 

Nelson received the distinction after nominations from local administrators from neighboring counties. IPA’s Northwest Region includes schools from Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll, Ogle, Whiteside and Lee Counties.

Nelson will also receive consideration for the state Principal of the Year award, announced at the IPA’s Fall Conference in October.

This is the second time Nelson has been recognized by the IPA’s Northwest Region, receiving the Associate Principal of the Year award in 2012. 

Nelson came to OHS as the associate high school principal in 2008 before becoming the principal in 2013.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and earned a master’s degree in Teaching English from University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

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