Farwell Middle School Principal Catheryn Gross has been selected as the 2013 Administrator of the Year by the Michigan Association for Middle School Educators (MAMSE).
Nominated by Central Michigan University Professor Norma Bailey from the department of teacher education and professional development, Gross was selected for the award by the MAMSE Board of Directors based on her demonstrated advocacy for and service to middle level education and young adolescents; leadership in furthering middle school philosophy and principles; and additional significant accomplishments in the middle school field.
“Cathy is a caring leader who works with everyone concerned to help them become the best people they can be,” said Bailey. “She’s a lifelong learner who makes a significant difference in the lives of the young adolescents in her care.”
Gross was honored at the MAMSE Annual Conference on March 15 in Dearborn, Mich. A school-wide assembly was also held on March 18 to celebrate her accomplishments. “MAMSE is the leading organization supporting the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. To be recognized by this association is huge honor,” she said. “I really view this award as a win for the entire Farwell Middle School staff. I am very blessed to have a staff committed to the middle level learner.”
Gross has served as principal of Farwell Middle School since 2006. Since then, in addition to successfully leading her students and staff, Gross has worked closely with Central Michigan University to provide opportunities for future teachers to work side-by-side with practicing teachers to get the full effect of working with young adolescents.
Farwell Schools Superintendent Carl Seiter said Gross’s “tireless work ethic provides her staff and students with leadership skills that go unmatched. MAMSE could not have chosen a better representative as Administrator of the Year. Catheryn is most deserving and I am proud to work alongside of her.”