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Alcona principal honored by his peers

Tim Lee

LINCOLN — Alcona Elementary School Principal Tim Lee was honored last week as a region principal of the year by the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association.

Lee was one of 14 honored at the organization’s annual conference in Williamsburg. He was honored for the region that goes across from Iosco County to Lake Michigan north to the Mackinac Bridge.

“Every year, they recognize a principal from all 14 regions as a region honoree principal of the year, and I was fortunate enough to be identified and recognized,” Lee said Tuesday. “It was very surprising, knowing the quality in leadership around the state and northern Michigan and what’s happening, so it was surprising, and I’m very humbled to be part of that group.”

Lee is in his third year as Alcona Elementary principal and never imagined he would receive such an honor so early in his career.

“It’s a representation of the entire school, and all the stuff that’s happening within the building,” he said. “It’s not just me. It’s the support from the board, from the superintendent, support from every staff member, and doing everything they can for kids every day. It’s not just an individual recognition, it covers an entire school and district and community.”

Lee also presented at the conference last week. He spoke to other principals, aspiring principals, and retired principals about his district’s collaboration with the Alcona Health Center, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, and the Alcona County Library.

“By branching out and reaching out and building the community, we are able to continue services for kids,” Lee said. “It was a great opportunity to showcase that, even though we’re up north and we’re spread out and geographically isolated, that doesn’t prevent us from doing what’s best for kids.”

Alcona Superintendent Dan O’Connor said the honor is a testament to the hard work Lee puts in every day and his focus on supporting students.

“We’re fortunate to have him,” O’Connor said. “It’s a good reflection of the leader that he is and what he’s doing every day.”

Lee said he’s proud to work for Alcona Community Schools.

“I love it here in Alcona,” Lee said. “I enjoy what I’m doing. I enjoy the staff I’m working with, the kids I’m working with, the communities and families that are here. It’s been a great place, it’s provided me a lot of support, so I appreciate the support that the entire staff, school, community, and families have given me.”

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