"Throughout the state we have incredible elementary, middle, and high school Assistant Principals, so to be nominated from a pool of such incredible candidates was very touching and very special," says Assistant Principal Albert Sackey.
Western Middle School Assistant Principal Albert Sackey has been named the 2014 Connecticut Middle School Assistant Principal of the year.
"I've always said that Western Middle School is a very special place to work," says Sackey. "The students here are incredible. To me this award just shows the hard work that is done on here on a regular basis, inside this building and inside this district."
Mr. Sackey believes that the Middle School years are a critical time period in a student's life.
"That's probably when the biggest change happens for kids, here in the middle school years. It's probably also some of the toughest times they have, just trying to figure themselves out and we are spending the time to listen to them," says Sackey.
His student centric approach in teaching has helped him to develop valuable relationships with the students.
"There's a lot of things that we do on a daily basis, but it's interesting to see what the students pick up on and what sticks for them, that's the moving part to me," says Sackey.
"He is so dedicated to the school, he is so knowledgeable, and as a person I really look up to him as a role model and as someone that I can rely on," says Rene Jameson, 8th grade student.
And among the students he is also known for his fun fashion.
"He has a great collection of ties," says Jameson.
"My daughter helps me select my ties and she keeps me dressed the way I do," says Sackey.
Assistant Principal Sackey will travel to Washington, D.C. for the awards banquet to honor all State Assistant Principals.