Pigeon Forge High School principal receives UT award

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 11:12 PM

Dr. Benjamin Clabo, principal of Pigeon Forge High School, has received the University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.

The award is presented through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

According to a university statement, the award “is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to improve administrator preparation.”

“I’m very humbled by the honor,” Clabo said. “Back in the fall, I started working as a part-time faculty member with UT. I helped teach a class on principal curriculum and leadership.”

Clabo said that he appreciates “the opportunity the University of Tennessee has given me to play a small part in helping to train and work with prospective school principals.”

Clabo expressed gratitude to the Sevier County School System and the board of education for letting him serve.

“I know that I certainly owe a great deal to the professors, mentors and Sevier County system leadership who have proved so instrumental in helping me grow as a school leader,” he said.

Clabo has been principal of Pigeon Forge High School since 2011. He did his undergraduate work at Tennessee Technological University, and his master’s and doctorate are from UT.

“Ben Clabo is an outstanding young educator who is dedicated to the development of Pigeon Forge High School,” said Debra Cline, assistant superintendent for Sevier County schools.

The school system and administrators are, Cline said, “very proud of Dr. Ben Clabo and his committment to educational excellence.”

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