Being honored as one of the Dallas Independent School District’s best principals is nice, says Nancy McLaughlin, principal of Woodrow Wilson High School in our neighborhood. But McLaughlin says she is more impressed that the honor was made possible by parents at her school.

“The fact that I was nominated by the SBDM committee and the PTA makes it especially meaningful to me because they are my constituents, the ones who own the school,” McLaughlin says.

McLaughlin, who has been principal at Woodrow for four years and associated with DISD for 27, was one of 51 principals initially nominated for the honor. The number later was reduced to nine finalists, with McLaughlin representing Area 3, which encompasses much of Lakewood and East Dallas.

More than 125 principals and administrators attended a recent luncheon recognizing the finalists sponsored by MetLife Resources at the Lakewood Country Club. The top award went to Thelma Lott Jones of Everette DeGoyler Elementary School.

“Nancy has been an influential leader at the campus for the last four years,” says Michelle Thompson, a reading/language arts specialist in our district.

“I’m committed to urban education,” McLaughlin says, “and Woodrow is a school that shows it can work and be successful.”

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