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Donohue and Rosinger Named Distinguished Principals

By Mary Russman
Donohue and Rosinger Named Distinguished Principals

Elsa H. Donohue, elementary principal of the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) of Jakarta, Indonesia and Andrea Rosinger, elementary principal of the Frankfurt International School in Frankfurt, Germany were selected for the 2017 National Distinguished Principals Award.
The U.S.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals established the program in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary- and middle-level principals in the United States who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staff in their learning communities.
From the beginning of the award program, two outstanding principals have also been selected from international schools that are assisted by the Office of Overseas Schools of the United States Department of State. Donohue was nominated by the head of school at the Intercultural School of Jakarta, Tim Carr, and selected from among several nominees. Rosinger was nominated by the head of school, Dr. Paul Fochtman, at the Frankfurt International School.
Ms. Donohue is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a master’s in curriculum and teaching, as well as a master’s in educational leadership. Ms. Donohue has served as principal of Jakarta Intercultural School since 2011. She previously held the position of elementary principal at Lincoln School in Accra, Ghana. She also served as the language coordinator at Zurich International School in Zurich, Switzerland and taught elementary classes in Indonesia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Thailand, and the United States.
Ms. Donohue has many notable accomplishments. She introduced inquiry-based pedagogy to the elementary school at JIS. Through an appreciative inquiry process, Ms. Donohue and two teams re-envisioned and restructured the Early Years Program at JIS through a constructivist, Reggio-based approach. As the sole elementary school principal to oversee both of JIS’ elementary campuses of over 1,000 students, she formed a combined leadership team from both locations. As Ms. Donohue says, “When leading and managing is shared, positive results are produced.”
“Principals create the necessary conditions for providing students with the well-rounded education that they need,” said Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, NAESP’s executive director.
Ms. Rosinger is a graduate of the University College North Wales, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in psychology then earned a graduate certificate in education from Lady Spencer-Churchill College at Oxford in the United Kingdom. Later she earned an MA in education from the Open University in the United Kingdom and a certificate in international leadership and management from ECIS/NAHT.
Ms. Rosinger has been a teacher and literacy coordinator in Oxfordshire and Essex England. She then served as a deputy head teacher and acting head teacher at the Bentfield Primary School in Stansted, England. Ms. Rosinger was a teacher at Frankfurt International School when it first opened in 1998 and has since served as a primary years coordinator, assistant principal, and since 2010, has been the principal of the elementary school.
In October, Donohue and Rosinger will both travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, and private and overseas schools.
Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees be active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.
The U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools supports 196 overseas schools around the world. The Office of Overseas Schools maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 20,000 members worldwide.

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