Current Principals of the Year

Dr. Joey N. Jones from Robert Frost Middle School
2020 Middle School Principal of the Year

 

Serving as a dedicated and inspiring educator for over 25 years, Dr. Joey N. Jones believes students are at the heart of education. Dr. Jones has been a technology education teacher, curriculum writer, high school assistant principal, and SAT prep teacher. Also, he has trained and/or mentored over 15 administrators. Currently, Dr. Jones is the principal of Robert Frost Middle School, with an enrollment of over 1085 students. Frost is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Montgomery County, Maryland. Dr. Jones constantly reminds students, “You are some of the best students on the planet.” He believes leaders are always doing one of two things—getting better or getting behind. Dr. Jones and his staff choose to get better, as they provide a rigorous, world-class education in a supportive, equitable, and caring learning environment.

Under Dr. Jones’s leadership, Frost MS provides diverse learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Frost MS has a partnership with Beijing No. 5 Middle School in Beijing, China; sponsors a culturally-rich trip to Canada; a STEM trip to California; and hosts dynamic guest speakers to inspire students to dream BIG! “Success is everybody’s responsibility,” is a Frost core value. Thus, Dr. Jones collaborates and builds relationships with students, staff, parents, and community to make Frost MS, uniquely better for each student who enters its doors.

Dr. Jones earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial arts/technology education from North Carolina A&T State University. Awarded an academic fellowship to attend the University of Maryland at College Park, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Public School Administration and Supervision. Dr. Jones is also the author of 100 Percent, The Power of Giving Your All, an Amazon Best-Selling, motivational book.

Dr. Jones is happily married to Kinta C. Jones, an elementary school special education teacher. They have three talented, teen-aged girls. Dr. Jones values family, church, and community. He and his wife have a passion for the development and success of people, particularly youth.

 

Nick Novak from Howard High School
2020 High School Principal of the Year

 

 

Nick Novak is in his 18th year as an educator with the Howard County Public School System. He started his career as an English teacher at River Hill High School and taught for six years before making the move to administration. Nick has worked at River Hill and Glenelg High Schools as an assistant principal and River Hill and Howard High Schools as a principal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Maryland, and a certificate in Administration from McDaniel College.

During his career, Nick has been an active member of both the Howard County Administrators Association (HCAA) and the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). He is currently the president of HCAA and just completed a three year term as NASSP Coordinator for Maryland. As a school administrator, Nick is a champion for collaborative leadership, student voice, and shared vision. These values are captured in the hashtag the Howard High community used to highlight the launch of the new mission and vision statements--#OurHoward. Under his leadership, Howard staff has moved to a school improvement model where all staff participate in the planning and implementation of school improvement initiatives. School improvement is everyone’s responsibility because this is #OurHoward.

Nick lives in Howard County with his wife, Jenny, and son, Justin. When he’s not “principaling,” he enjoys reading, going to the movies, and attending his son’s sporting events.

Nick Novak is in his 18th year as an educator with the Howard County Public School System. He started his career as an English teacher at River Hill High School and taught for six years before making the move to administration. Nick has worked at River Hill and Glenelg High Schools as an assistant principal and River Hill and Howard High Schools as a principal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Maryland, and a certificate in Administration from McDaniel College.

During his career, Nick has been an active member of both the Howard County Administrators Association (HCAA) and the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). He is currently the president of HCAA and just completed a three year term as NASSP Coordinator for Maryland. As a school administrator, Nick is a champion for collaborative leadership, student voice, and shared vision. These values are captured in the hashtag the Howard High community used to highlight the launch of the new mission and vision statements--#OurHoward. Under his leadership, Howard staff has moved to a school improvement model where all staff participate in the planning and implementation of school improvement initiatives. School improvement is everyone’s responsibility because this is #OurHoward.

Nick lives in Howard County with his wife, Jenny, and son, Justin. When he’s not “principaling,” he enjoys reading, going to the movies, and attending his son’s sporting events.