RIC grad named Assistant Principal of the Year

RIC graduate Jason “Jay” Masterson ’04, assistant principal at North Cumberland Middle School, was named the 2012 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals (RIASP).

Jason “Jay” Masterson
RIASP Executive Director Patricia Hines made the announcement on Dec. 20 at a school assembly that included students, school administrators and members of Masterson’s family.

Masterson, 32, served as a resource teacher at North Cumberland Middle School from 2004-08, before becoming assistant principal in the fall of 2008. According to an RIASP release, "Jason Masterson's total involvement in the school community is second to none. Teachers, students, parents and administrators confirm that Jay teaches, coaches and assists others to maximize student performance.

Masterson, a North Kingstown resident, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rhode Island College, and a Master of Education Administration from Providence College. He is currently in the education doctoral program at Johnson & Wales University.

The RIASP Assistant Principal of the Year award program is conducted under the direction of the NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year program. In addition to being recognized by RIASP at an award ceremony next spring, Masterson will be honored at the NASSP Assistant Principal's Forum and Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C., in April.

In November, another RIC grad, Julie Lima Boyle, ’94, M ’06, a 12th-grade English teacher at Coventry High School, was named Rhode Island’s Teacher of the Year by the Rhode Island Department of Education.