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Alumna and Adjunct Professor Patricia Nugent receives National Principal Award

May 06, 2013

Dr. Patricia Nugent, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, received the 2013 Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for outstanding leadership of elementary education. Dr. Nugent is an alumna of the Ursuline educational administration graduate program where she now serves as an adjunct professor.  

Nugent was honored during a ceremony at the NCEA annual convention April 2–4 in Houston, Texas.

In her 22 years as principal at three schools, Nugent has always worked "to provide the students with a strong academic and faith community," she said. "The essence of a Catholic school is the development of the whole child—a well-rounded person who is self-confident, self-disciplined, open to growth, responsible, and an active and productive future citizen."

Although Nugent has been at St. Joseph less than two years, she has led many enhancements. She has instituted advanced math classes, formed a student council, added technology to classrooms and initiated a "buddy classes" program that pairs older and younger students. "Through her strong leadership skills, she has guided the faculty of St. Joseph School in providing a challenging curriculum for all students across all cognitive levels," said Alice Cosgrove, a faculty member.

Nugent's commitment to learning also led her to become an adjunct professor in the educational administration program at Ursuline College. "Knowing I have an integral part in preparing future principals who will impact Catholic schools and learning for future generations gives me a great sense of accomplishment," she said.

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