By Nancy Edwards
The Indiana Association of School Principals recognized Fishers High School Principal Jason Urban as the 2013 High School Principal of the Year for IASP District 5 at an awards ceremony on Nov. 24 at the Indianapolis Marriott Hotel.
District 5 includes Boone, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, Miami and Tipton counties. Across the state, 12 district honorees were elected by their peers.
“Jason Urban has high expectations for himself as well as his staff,” said Hamilton Southeastern Schools Assistant Superintendent Beth Neidermeyer. “These expectations guide his leadership.”
Students at FHS applauded Urban for his ability to reach them.
“I see Mr. Urban talking to everyone in the hallway and encourage them to put a smile on their face,” said Brady Qualkenbush, 18. “It’s rare to see him not smile; everything he does in the building is for a greater cause.”
Meghan McCann, 17, said she has had a lot of interaction with Urban as class secretary and since her days as a freshman.
“Mr. Urban is a great leader,” she said. “He strives for excellence in himself and for his school.”
HSE Superintendent Brian Smith said Urban is “a very effective principal who connects with his school community through a personal leadership style that promotes high expectations and inspires extraordinary results.”
Urban said the award is especially meaningful because it signifies that people outside of Fishers are taking notice of great things happening at FHS.
“This culture would not exist without supportive parents, a caring staff and motivated students,” he said. “I cannot imagine a better place to be principal than Fishers High School.”