World of Inquiry principal earns K-12 Principal of the Year award

Principal Sheelarani Webster has been named the 2017 New York State K-12 Building Principal of the Year. (Photo: RCSD)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The principal at World of Inquiry school in Rochester has been given a statewide honor.

The School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) announced Friday that Principal Sheelarani Webster has been named the 2017 New York State K-12 Building Principal of the Year.

Each year, the award is given to a SAANYS member who demonstrates leadership, creativity and resourcefulness in a K-12 building.

“This award is truly a reflection of the collective efforts between our dedicated teachers, staff, students, families, District leaders and community partners here at School 58, where all parties work together in the best interest of our students,” Ms. Webster said. “I am honored to represent my school community, the District and the City of Rochester, and I am humbled to receive this recognition. I’d also like to thank my family for their support and encouragement throughout my professional journey.”

Webster decided to pursue a career in education after being inspired by her children's teachers in Rochester, completing her student teaching at Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School No. 34 and World of Inquiry School No. 58.

She was hired as an elementary teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School No. 9 in 1992, then came to World of Inquiry School as a teacher, eventually moving up through the school as an instructional coach, assistant principal, and then principal in 2010.

Webster will be recognized at an awards reception in May.

Earlier this week, Dr. Tom Hall was recognized by SAANYS as Principal of the Year. Dr. Hall is the principal at Brighton High School.

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