May 14, 2020
Melissa Gibson, CASE Director of Communications and Strategic Partners
Colorado’s 2020 Middle Level Principal of the Year awarded to Fountain Middle School leader
DENVER – The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) and Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP) are proud to announce Dr. William Dallas as the 2020 Colorado Middle Level Principal of the Year. Dallas will also represent Colorado as the state nominee for National Secondary School Principal of the Year.
“Educational leaders are here to facilitate a process and usher in continued educational improvement. This award is really recognition of the hard work that our students, staff, and entire community has put into transforming our school,” said Dallas. “It has taken years of dedication and hard work, and the school is really now a special place to learn and work based on the collective effort of so many. I’m so humbled by this honor and it’s a privilege to represent Colorado as the nominee for our state for National Secondary Principal of the Year.”
Dallas’ collective effort mindset was clear from the outset of his time at Fountain Middle School. Upon arriving, he noticed a shattered culture, hindered by numerous mission statements and poor attrition rates. He knew that if he were to be successful in this role, it would be imperative to be the type of leader that would earn the respect of his peers, as well as the students.
“My leadership is informed by my value for servant leadership. It is why I went into education to begin with—to serve others and help the next generation of students develop into contributing members of society,” said Dallas. “I consider myself to be a leader to who is focused on creating a shared vision and shared ownership for how we’re going to get there.”
Along with a rework of the school’s culture, Dallas set about creating a strategic plan steered by four guiding principles: Be Accountable to Each Other, Empower and Excite, Develop Communication and Trust, and Be Decisive and Take Risks.
This revamped strategic plan drove everything from the work done at the school to decision-making and secondary efforts. Whether it was financial alignment or program adoption, Dallas made sure everything fell within this new framework.
Many other of Dallas’ achievements during his tenure with Fountain Middle School showcase his desire to foster innovation and creativity as part of the learning process. These programs include improved high school readiness for 8th grade students, a laptop initiative, which offered access to a personal laptop to all 6th-8th graders for in-school use, and alternative educational pathways for students to complete advanced coursework.
These efforts are noticed by more than just the school’s staff and students – parents and community members alike have appreciated Dallas’ many efforts.
“The needs of the students are a top priority when Dr. Dallas makes decisions about the learning community,” said a Fountain Middle School parent. “He maintains community relationships and open collaboration between parents, staff, and other organizations (such as law enforcement) within our community.”
Dallas was selected for this honor by his peers through a rigorous and competitive process facilitated by CASSP, a department of CASE and affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
The Colorado Association of School Executives (www.co-case.org) is the preeminent professional association for public school administrators in Colorado. The organization’s mission is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.