Fort Collins leader named Colorado’s 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools
DENVER – Ever since stepping into the role as an assistant principal eight years ago at Lesher Middle School, Waren Morrow has made it his goal to be the kind of servant-leader that makes a difference in both his school and community. Now, his many years of dedicated service have been rewarded.
The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) and Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP) named Morrow the 2020 Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools.
“I’m really humbled by this honor. There are so many amazing people out there who work hard every day without recognition, and I feel fortunate to be chosen from such an incredible group,” said Morrow.
“Things like this are only possible when you work with an amazing team, and it’s no exception in my case. I work with people who have high character and integrity, and it’s because of them that this is even possible.”
Morrow has played an integral role in transforming the climate and culture of Lesher Middle School. Upon becoming assistant principal, he aimed to elevate the level of respect and positivity of the building and to bolster the sense of community. Colleagues and students alike describe the significant impact he has had on boosting morale and enthusiasm at the school.
“Mr. Morrow has fostered a vision of creating a welcoming culture at our school, and it’s our reality today because of his ideas,” said a Lesher Middle School counselor. “He also coordinates our annual Fort Collins Mother’s Day 5K, which is an awesome race that runs throughout our school’s neighborhood. The positive visibility this offers adds even more to our school’s favorable reputation.”
“Lesher is better since he has been at the helm,” said a fellow Lesher administrator. “There is not another middle school like ours. Mr. Morrow makes an impact by coaching students to make healthy decisions. He is in the halls with a kind word and fist bump and inspires our community to make good decisions.”
Morrow often uses the motto of “Students First” as a barometer for his actions and has integrated programs into the school that meet the lofty expectations set for himself, including CHAMP (Character in Athletics, Make it a Priority) and PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance). These programs not only focus on improving students’ and adults’ competitiveness through sports, but more importantly, ensure they are well-rounded individuals that perform with integrity, positive character and sportsmanship leading to becoming contributing community members in Colorado and beyond.
Lesher principal Dr. Tom Dodd said of Morrow, “Waren is all about servant leadership; it defines him. He’s all about making good things happen for other people and gives one hundred percent of the credit to everyone else around him. Every student, teacher and parent would tell you that he’s present all the time, handles discipline situations very well, and preserves the dignity and self-respect of kids.”
Morrow was selected for this honor by his peers through a rigorous and competitive process facilitated by CASSP, a department of CASE and affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Morrow will be honored at the CASE Awards Reception this spring, as well as at the NASSP 2020 National Principals Conference in July 2020.