El Segundo Middle School Principal Jack Plotkin Named 2016 Principal of the Year by ACSA

El Segundo Middle School Principal Dr. Jack Plotkin was recently honored as Middle Grades Principal of the Year (Region 14) by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). It is the first time an El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) administrator has received this esteemed honor.

The association is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. As the leading professional association for educators in the nation, ACSA honors exceptional leadership through its annual awards programs.

In his nomination for the award, Plotkin was commended by his colleagues, students and administrators for his exemplary leadership and vision as El Segundo Middle School principal. During his tenure, he brought to fruition the ESUSD Board of Education’s goal to achieve an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, as well as earned the middle school the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award and designation as a California Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education.

In nominating him for the award, Dr. Melissa Moore, ESUSD superintendent, detailed Dr. Plotkin’s achievements, talents and dedication to education—from facilitating a shared vision of education conducive to student learning to management of the organization, collaboration with the community, his personal code of ethics and advocating the use of new technology.

“Dr. Plotkin is a humble leader who always promotes the talents of his team over himself,” says Moore. “He nurtures creativity, builds an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, and continues to support his school in their professional growth as he models life-long learning.”

As for dedication to student achievement, “Jack not only possesses a depth of knowledge of instruction and curriculum, but he greets students by name each morning and knows their personal stories” Moore explains. “His leadership facilitated the establishment of EI Segundo Middle School's culture into an esteemed and award-winning middle school with the academic achievement, growth, and social development of its students as its core priority.”
Dr. Jeanie Nishime, ESUSD Board of Education member, said, “The recognition El Segundo Middle School has garnered would not be possible without Jack Plotkin’s leadership and ability to galvanize teachers, parents and staff to help students rise to the challenge of the IB curriculum and to achieve their greatest potential as learners.”

Dr. Plotkin has worked in administration for ESUSD since 2007, serving as coordinator of pupil services, assistant principal for El Segundo Middle School and Richmond Street Elementary School, before being promoted to principal of the middle school in 2011. He belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Association of California School Administrators, California Association of World Schools, International Baccalaureate Heads of Schools, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

El Segundo Middle School Assistant Principal Ali Rabiei witnesses Dr. Plotkin’s dedication to educational leadership on a day-to-day basis. “Dr. Plotkin is truly an instructional leader and an individual who always has an innovative lens on, sees the big and oftentimes bigger picture, and has the outlook of the future of his school and public education in mind,” said Rabiei. “He continually looks at ways of enhancing the services that all students receive, making sure our teachers and staff members are empowered and set up for success, and that the co-administrator who works at his site does not work for him, but rather alongside him as a partner.”

Dr. Plotkin earned his doctorate in education from UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program, a master’s degree in educational administration from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Virginia. He earned bachelor’s degrees in foreign affairs and Spanish also from the University of Virginia.

A video about the El Segundo Middle School International Baccalaureate Programme may be

view here: http://www.elsegundomiddleschool.org/apps/video/.