2.4 min readBy Published On: October 16th, 2018Categories: Features2 Comments on Southie Shoutout to Craig Martin, Principal of Perkins School

Let’s hear it for Craig Martin on being named one of the 2018 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals! Martin has been the principal of the Michael J Perkins School in Southie for the past five years! Under Martin’s leadership, the Perkins School reduced suspensions by 50 percent and chronic absenteeism by 22 percent from 2012 to 2017.  This past May, Marin was named the 2018 Thomas C. Passios Elementary Principal of the Year from the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA). He is loved and respected by his students, faculty, staff and student families!  Keep doing what you do, Mr. Martin! Make sure to follow him on twitter! 

See press release below:
ALEXANDRIA, VA–October 4, 2018–Craig Martin is among 62 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2018 National DistinguishedPrincipals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Martin is principal of Michael J. Perkins School in South Boston, Massachusetts. The NDPs will be honored Oct. 12 at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program.

Established in 1984, the National Distinguished Principals program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The principals will also have the opportunity to share best practices. The 62 principal honorees are selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools.

NAESP Executive Director Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, congratulated the class of outstanding principals, noting their significant influence on the students, schools, and communities they serve. “Today’s principals are tasked with attending to students’ social and emotional needs at greater levels, even while they give their all to drive academic success in their school communities. NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and is a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to outstanding school leaders.”

It is particularly fitting to acknowledge the work of principals in October because it is National Principals Month, which was established to recognize and honor the contributions of school principals and assistant principals toward the success of the nation’s students, and encourage awareness of their significance.

NOTE: A list of the 2018 NDPs and their biographical information can be accessed at https://www.naesp.org/2018-national-distinguished-principals.

 Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle school principals in the United States and internationally. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy and professional development, advocacy, programs, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP advances the profession on behalf of all principals, providing specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and capacity-building educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org.


  1. SBHS class of 1969 May 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    We need more teachers that follow his lead..

  2. Edward May 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Well done sir!

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