Arkansas Tech University alumnus Joe Fisher is among 62 educators from around the United States named a 2010 National Association of Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principal.
Fisher (photographed) and the other 2010 NAESP National Distinguished Principal award winners were honored during a banquet in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15.
The NAESP National Distinguished Principal awards "recognize public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities."
A 1992 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education, Fisher began his career as a choral director.
He returned to Arkansas Tech to earn a Master of Education degree in 1999 and an Educational Specialist degree in 2009.
Fisher became principal at Bethel Middle School in Bryant when the school opened in 2006. He remained in that position until summer 2010, when he joined the Arkansas Leadership Academy as its school support capacity builder.
His four years at Bethel Middle School included numerous awards in a variety of areas.
The Leadership in Environmental Engineering Design presented Bethel Middle School with silver level certification in recognition of the school’s "construction, recycling programs, and education of students, teachers, and community members in environment-friendly practices."
In 2009, his school was named the Shannon Wright Middle Level Program of the Year for Arkansas.
That award recognized Bethel Middle School's outstanding achievement in using best practices in middle-level education as outlined in the widely-read report “Turning Points: Preparing Youth for the 21st Century.”
Fisher has served as president, vice president and legislative representative for the Arkansas Association of Middle Level Administrators.