Garland wins award

RedFork Main Street Vice President Phil Garland, principal of Webster High School, has won the 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education Award.

The national award honors Garland with a crystal apple and a $5,000 grant for his school.

According to a media release, “the national award program recognizes the most collaborative public school principals in 25 cities, including Tulsa.”

All middle- and high-school principals in the Tulsa Public School District were eligible for the award. Several of Garland’s colleagues and community members nominated him for the award last month.

“Mr. Garland has transformed our school and the community surrounding it,” Gary Percefull, president of the Tulsa Board of Education, said in a media release. “Mr. Garland has helped sustain a collaborative effort with Webster and the six feeder schools that it serves. His outreach efforts also include the neighborhood and business community. He exemplifies the characteristics of a leader in the school and within the community.”

According to the news release, the program honors exemplary school principals who build partnerships with community organizations, parents, and guardians; resolve conflicts and promote safety in the school and community; or promote civic engagement and community service.

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