NEW: Cumberland High School’s Tenreiro Named National Principal of the Year

Monday, October 05, 2015


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Cumberland Principal Alan Tenreiro

Cumberland High School principal Alan Tenreiro has been named 2016 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

The award was announced on Monday at surprise assembly at Cumberland High School attended by Governor Gina Raimondo, Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner as well as a number of state and local officials, students, teachers and Tenreiro's family.

Each finalist for the award received a $250 grant and for winning, Tenreiro received an additional $250 grant. The grants will be used in order to improve learning at the school

"We're happy to see Alan get this recognition," said Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Phil Thornton. "He and his team have done a tremendous job in transforming Cumberland High School into a statewide—and now a nationally recognized—leader in educational excellence. I think Alan epitomizes all of our principals and assistant principals. If it were up to me, all of our principals would be so honored. They all do a great job."

Cumberland in Focus

Under Tenreiro, Cumberland High School has seen increases in academic achievement, graduation rates, and the number of students gaining admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. Tenreiro also invested in the school's current standards-based system, which has led to more uniform expectations for students, clear feedback to students, as well as a focus on reporting what has been learned.

Tenreiro has a bachelor's degree in social studies education and a master's degree in educational administration, both from Rhode Island College. Tenreiro also holds a certificate of advanced graduate study from Northeastern University.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from all over the United States as well as 35 countries around the world.

For more information on NASSP, click here.


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