CONGRATULATIONS to Principal Brigett Stewart for being chosen as a Terrel H. Bell Award recipient!!!

Brigett Stewart

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Recipients of the 2022 Terrel H. Bell Awards for Outstanding School Leadership 


U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona today announced the recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership for 2022. All nine school leaders from the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools cohort will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on November 3 in Washington. Congratulations to Principal Brigett Stewart for being one of 9 national honorees!


“As a former principal, I understand the vital role school leaders play in shaping school culture and welcoming learning environments, improving student achievement outcomes, and empowering teachers to meet the needs of their students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “The nine school leaders receiving this year’s Terrel Bell awards have raised the bar for building positive school climates, increasing achievement, and finding creative ways to nurture, engage, and support students, families, educators, and school staff. At a time when principals and other school leaders face many challenges, from addressing students’ unmet mental health needs to accelerating their academic recovery from the pandemic, the Department of Education is proud to recognize the essential work they do each day.”


Named for the second U.S. secretary of education, Terrel H. Bell, the Bell Award honors school leaders who are committed to education as a powerful and liberating force in people’s lives. The award is part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Principals are nominated by their school communities during the final stages of the National Blue Ribbon Schools application process. 


The U.S. Department of Education, together with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Middle Level Education, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, present the Bell Awards to principals of National Blue Ribbon Schools for their outstanding work and the vital role they play in guiding their students and schools to excellence, frequently under challenging circumstances. 


The 2022 recipients are: 





AL – Piedmont 

Brigett Stewart 

Piedmont Elementary School 

CA – Cerritos 

Miguel Marco 

Wittmann (Helen) Elementary School 

FL - Fort Lauderdale 

Denise Aloma 

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School 

IN - Munster 

Linda Bevil 

James B. Eads Elementary School 

KS - Sedgwick 

Julie Scott 

R.L. Wright Elementary School 

LA - Lafayette 

Catherine Bricelj 

Myrtle Place Elementary School 

MN - Rochester 

James Sonju 

Lincoln K-8 School 

OK - Checotah 

Ryan Ambrose 

Checotah Intermediate Elementary School 

VA - Fairfax 

Mahri Aste 

Mosaic Elementary School 


Visit the website to learn more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program and the Terrel H. Bell Awards.