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Newport Principal named Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s Educator of the Year

Photo of Superintendent Jacobus, Principal Romano, Asst. Superintendent Johnson

District 833 is pleased to announce that Principal Richard Romano was selected as the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Educator of the Year!

Romano is the principal of Newport Elementary where he makes a difference in the lives of students as they progress through their elementary years. He was nominated by several staff members for his commitment to the students at Newport and throughout the district.

Romano adopted the Journeys Literacy Program, which encompasses an integrated balanced literacy approach that connects all grade levels and state standards. He worked with district administration to allow Newport staff to pilot this new and comprehensive literacy program.

“Mr. Romano is a strong supporter of bringing the community into the school,” said Newport Elementary staff members in their nomination letter. “He demonstrates this by encouraging community members to volunteer weekly in classrooms, embracing the varied cultures by hosting Cultural Night and promoting monthly Family Fun Nights.”

“As staff members who work with Rich every day, we believe his life experiences have given him a true compassion for students,” said Lori Bertrand, first grade teacher at Newport Elementary. “It is clear to all of us that he understands the importance of developing everyone’s potential.”

Romano has been the principal at Newport Elementary for the last five years. Prior to his current role, he was the principal at Crestview Elementary and Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion School.

Romano was honored at the Chamber’s Annual Community Awards Gala, along with the Business of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and Public Safety award winners. The Gala was on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Envision Event Center (formerly the Prom Center) in Oakdale.

More information about the event is available on the Chamber’s website. Congratulations to Rich!