Ashdown High School Principal, Kay York Wortham was named 2018 Arkansas Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP) Principal of the Year. On Friday, April 20th, Dr. Richard Abernathy, AAEA Executive Director, presented Mrs. Wortham the award in front of her family, friends, colleagues and the AHS student body. Also, Director of Programs for AAEA Dr. Larry Smith and Mike Mertins, Assistant Executive Director of AAEA were on hand for the presentation.
According to a press release from AAEA this award is given each year to an Arkansas secondary level principal who has succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students and has been acknowledged by peers for exemplary contribution to the profession.
Mrs. Wortham said, "I am very humbled to be recognized for this honor. I have always enjoyed working with the students, staff and community of Ashdown for many years. The various jobs in the the school system have afforded me many opportunities to work with a vast amount of people both young and old. Ashdown is a wonderful place to live, work and educate young minds. We continually look for ways to improve our school and with the help of all, the task is much easier. I do not claim to be the best principal...could not do this job without a lot of great teachers and staff that work so hard."
Mrs. Wortham has a total of three years of experience as principal at AHS. Prior to that, Mrs. Wortham served 19 years as a school administrator. She is involved in numerous professional organizations and community activities.
Mrs. Wortham is dedicated to the education of Arkansas students and very deserving of this award as is evident in the following statement from one of her AHS students who said, “her dedication is building the bridge between school and community. The character presented by her proves one’s value comes not from aesthetics, but the willingness to do what no one else dares."
According to Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders, “Kay York is all of the qualities that you look for in a principal. She has vision for the future, strong instructional leadership, great manager of people and resources, works well with others, quality and ethical person, and is a positive influence on our high school! We are so proud of her and our high school!