NJ Principals of the Year Honored By State Board

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NJPSA’s Visionary Principals of the Year were honored by the State Board and Commissioner December 7 as part of the Board’s annual recognition ceremony.


Lenore Kingsmore, Principal of Henry Hudson Regional HS, and Dr. Denise King, Principal of B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township were both honored as part of the ceremony.

About Denise King

Denise King, principal of B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Elementary Level Principal, earlier this year at the NJPSA Fall Conference.

Dr, King has served as an advocate for nurturing and sustaining a culture conducive to developing the intellectual, creative and social potential for each learner at B. Bernice Young Elementary School. Dr. King is a true advocate for the underrepresented student and uses data-driven instruction to keep student achievement at the forefront of her agenda. She introduced “Fundations” in all kindergarten classrooms for phonics and phonemic awareness and provided a guided reading approach to literacy instruction within a differentiated classroom environment.

Dr. King also ensures a safe and secure environment for her students and was integral in the execution of a safety and security initiative called Project Guardian.

About Lenore Kingsmore

Lenore Kingsmore, principal of Henry Hudson Regional School in Highlands, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Secondary Level Principal at the fall conference as well.

As the principal at Henry Hudson Regional School, Lenore Kingsmore has worked collaboratively with students, staff, and parents to improve the climate and culture, as well as advanced placement scores, in her school. She also created a school-within-a-school for her middle school students, which has resulted in improved standardized test scores, attendance, and discipline. Last year, she introduced, into the self-contained middle school, a therapy dog who assists students who are having a difficult time emotionally or just need stress reduction. This has proven to be a very positive initiative for the entire school community.