On Monday, Dr. Debbie Rodriguez, the principal of Taylors Creek Elementary in Hinesville, was selected as Georgia's 2012 National Distinguished Principal.
The school held a surprise celebration for her as she prepares to go to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at the White House on Friday.
To be nominated for the honor, principals must send in three accomplishments and have a number of letters of recommendation from parents, colleagues and the school superintendent.
"The greatest accomplishment is watching student achievement rise every year. It gets higher and higher. My dream is to give our kids a fair chance to compete in global society and get a job. I am all about forward thinking and it is just a great honor. It feels awesome," said Rodriguez.
When in Washington, the principals from all 50 states will network, meet with the Secretary of Education and tour the D.C. area. At the end of the trip, the top principal in the country will be announced.
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