Joe Casey, president of the Southwest Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, presents the Exemplary New Principal of the Year Award to Webb City High School Principal Josh Flora.

Surprise award

Josh Flora named exemplary new principal of the year in southwest Missouri

A regular meeting of educators Wednesday became exciting when Josh Flora was surprised to be named the Exemplary New Principal of the Year by the Southwest Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. The award is given annually to principals during their first three years.

Flora is finishing his second year as principal of Webb City High School.

Joe Casey, of Clever, the SW MASSP president, presented the award to Flora. He said the organization in this part of the state has 250 members more than 150 middle and high school administrators, organizations, and retirees in 26 counties.

Flora was chosen based on these qualities:

  • Demonstrates a positive impact on education and advocacy for students.
  • Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale.
  • Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change.
  • Willing to take risks to improve student learning.
  • Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school. 
  • Works collaboratively with staff to improve the educational program and student achievement.
  • Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them.
  • Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students.