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Two principals from Sevier County and Davidson County, respectively, are the latest recipients of UT awards that recognize outstanding education leaders in the state.

Benjamin T. Clabo, principal of Pigeon Forge High School in Sevier County, is the recipient of the University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.

J. Terry Shrader, principal at Hillsboro High School in Davidson County, has received the William J. and Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Secondary Principalship for the State of Tennessee.

Both awards were presented through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Benjamin Clabo

Clabo was selected for the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award for his commitment to ensuring the quality of education and for his work toward improving student achievement. The award is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to improve administrator preparation.

Clabo has been an educator for fourteen years. Prior to becoming principal at Pigeon Forge High School, he served as assistant principal of Pigeon Forge High School and assistant principal at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. He began his career as an English teacher. He has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education English from Tennessee Technological University, a master’s degree in educational administration from UT, and a doctorate in education with a concentration in leadership studies from UT.

He currently is a practitioner partner for UT’s Educational Administration program.

Terry Shrader
Terry Shrader

Shrader is the thirteenth winner of the William J. and Lucille H. Field Award. Established in 2001, it identifies a Tennessee secondary school principal whose life and work are characterized by leadership excellence. It recognizes those who demonstrate the values of civility, candor, courage, social justice, responsibility, compassion, community, persistence, and service in and through their work.

Under Shrader’s leadership, Algebra I proficiency at Hillsboro High School increased by 15 percent from 2011 to 2012. Students’ performance in English significantly exceeded state-predicted scores, and the school graduation rate increased by nearly 4 percent to 84.21 percent in 2013. Hillsboro High School also has received authorization for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.

Shrader has been an educator for nearly thirty years. He has been a network lead principal for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools since 2013. Prior to his appointment as principal at Hillsboro High School in 2010, Shrader was a mathematics teacher and athletics business manager at Hillsboro High School, mathematics teacher and coach at Franklin High School, assistant principal and principal at Freedom Middle School and principal of Centennial High School.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from UT, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University, and a doctorate in professional practices from Trevecca Nazarene University.


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