Forest Elementary principal wins ‘distinguished’ state award

Forest Elementary School Principal Steve Vercellino is among 14 school administrators to receive the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) 2018 Distinguished Principal award.

Steve Vercellino and Rob Kauffman
Forest Principal Steve Vercellino is pictured (right) with Rob Kauffman, Hillside Elementary School principal. (Farmington Public Schools)

Each MEMSPA region selects a principal to be honored. Region 7, Oakland County, has approximately 180 principals. Winners are selected by each region’s Board of Directors.

Vercellino’s nomination reads, in part:

“Steve visits every classroom every day at this school – even for a moment to ‘check in’ or for an hour to observe lessons.

“He celebrates the diversity of our community. Recognizing and sharing in different traditions and customs of our families helps him better understand our students, staff members, and families. He puts an emphasis on ‘family first.’ Steve instills the importance of relationships with staff and students. He values the connections that are made and how important that is for success.”

Vercellino has spent 28 of his 29 years with Farmington Public Schools, first teaching grades 3-5 and serving for the past eight years as Forest’s principal. He also had the opportunity to serve for a year as the Director of Positive Behavior Intervention Support.

“We value Steve here in Farmington Public Schools, and we are happy to see him being recognized as the 2018 Distinguished Principal for Oakland County,” said Superintendent George C. Heitsch.