Since 2010, FISW principal Andrea Rosinger has ensured that the Wiesbaden Campus has remained a trailblazer in education, introducing an inclusion program, expanding opportunities in outdoor learning, initiating elective learning opportunities in Grades 6-8, and emphasizing collaborative experiences. “I have an unfaltering desire to get it right, to change, whilst not losing sight of our strengths as a school community,” Ms. Rosinger said.
In October, those efforts were honored in Washington, D.C., when the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), based in the United States, bestowed upon Ms. Rosinger the title of International Distinguished Principal. The jury felt that Ms. Rosinger had shown “evidence of outstanding contributions to the community and the education profession" and has a “clear commitment to excellence, support of programs to meet the academic and social needs of all students, and firm ties to parents and the community.”
The Distinguished Principal Award is awarded to 54 educators within the United States, but the committee also looks at a selective group of schools worldwide, which have been recognized by the United States Department of State. The criteria for recognition is steep: parent-governance, instruction in English and the local language and culture, advanced Information Technology, highly-qualified faculty, and top-quality academics are among them. In 135 countries, the U.S. Department of State has identified 200 schools which meet these standards. FIS is one of them and as such, drew the attention of the search committee for the International Distinguished Principal Award.
It is truly a privilege to be a recipient of the award, and Ms. Rosinger said of her experience in Washington, D.C.: “It was a grand affair and I felt very honored and appreciated. It was time out of real life, but a moment to focus on why we all do what we do, to realize that we are all, (in education), making a significant difference to the hundreds of young people who pass through our lives and our school, and what a joy, privilege and honor that is! I have returned even more committed to doing the best I can to keep our community one that cares about, nourishes, enriches and educates every individual that steps into our school, no matter how long they are with us.”