Mariner principal named National Principal of the Year finalist

Jul 03, 2013
Mariner principal Brent Kline

Brent Kline, principal of Mariner High School, has been named a finalist in the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program for his significant contributions to student achievement.

According to NASSP spokesman Bob Farrace, Kline was selected for his commitment to ensuring that the diverse population of students who enter the safe haven of Mariner High School receive a high-quality, personalized education from a cohesive team of educators who value and practice collaboration.

Kline’s commitment to literacy and academic excellence have resulted in a 10-year increase in the percentage of students meeting standards in reading and writing—from 42 percent to 79.5 percent in writing and 46 percent to 89 percent in writing between 2002 and 2012.

A similar dedication to math success has increased the percentage of students meeting algebra standards from 30 percent to 75 percent since 2009.

Kline’s unwavering focus on professional development, particularly in aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices, and diligence in engaging the community and parents to support students holistically has paid off, Farrace said.

“Brent is an outstanding high school principal by any measure,” said Marci Larsen, superintendent of Mukilteo School District.

“He is one of three principals piloting the Center of Education Leadership framework… and as a result, he is in the classrooms daily to collect evidence of student learning, promote quality teaching and learning, and provide focused and intentional feedback to teachers.

“Teachers willingly allow Brent to hone his skills in their classrooms because they trust him. This level of trust is pervasive throughout the school and community.”

The search for the national principal of the year began in early 2013 as each state principals' association selected its state principal of the year.

From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle level and three high school finalists.

The national middle level and high school winners will be named in September and recognized in Washington, DC, during the Principals Institute for State Principals of the Year, Sept. 18-21.

Kline and the other five finalists will each receive a $1,500 grant, and the two national award winners—one high school and one middle level—will receive additional grants of $3,500.

The grants will be used to improve learning at the school (e.g., a special school project and/or professional development opportunities).

Washington is no stranger to the principal of the year award; last year, the national honor went to Trevor Greene of Toppenish High School.

MetLife and NASSP are strongly committed to supporting the visions of exemplary school leaders, Farrace said. For more information about the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program, please visit



NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 38 countries around the world.

The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance.

Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit

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