Idaho Principal Earns Top Leadership Award

Jared Jenks and Dallas Tolman

Photo courtesy of Alan Dunn

An Idaho principal was awarded one of the nation's highest academic awards at a luncheon in Washington D.C. last week. Jared Jenks, principal at Sugar-Salem High School in Sugar City, Idaho, received the Terrel H. Bell Award from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The award "recognizes school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools, school leaders committed to education as a powerful and liberating force in people's lives and who do 'whatever it takes' to help their students meet high standards."

When asked by Local News 8 in eastern Idaho how it felt to receive the award, Principal Jenks replied, "Humbling. There are many tremendous principals in our state and nationally, and I just feel honored to receive the award and be nominated by my superintendent. There are so many people that play a part in this."

Alan Dunn, Superintendent of the Sugar Salem School District, said "Jared Jenks is an outstanding principal that always places the well-being of his staff and students ahead of himself. He attributes his success to those people he works with as well as the patrons and students."

Principal Jenks is one of only seven principals in the nation to receive the award this year. Sugar-Salem High School was also honored as a National Blue Ribbon School for overall academic excellence, along with Gate City Elementary in Pocatello.

The Terrel H. Bell Award is named after Terrel H. Bell, the Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan. Bell was also a school superintendent in Idaho for a time.