Patricia Fry, Principal of Plymouth South High School, has been selected for national recognition as Massachusetts Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA) in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
This program recognizes principals who demonstrate exemplary skills in instructional leadership, supporting a safe learning environment and fostering a collaborative culture of decision making among all members of the school community.
Fry will be honored by her peers at the MSSAA Leadership Institute at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center on July 29. She will also be recognized at a three day Principals Institute in Washington DC, where she will have an opportunity to share her experience and expertise with principals from throughout the country. Fry is also a candidate for National Principal of the Year.
Fry has been lauded by peers, students, community members and her superiors for her influence on school culture, student achievement and shared leadership since assuming the position of School Principal in the fall of 2005. In their 2014 Accreditation Report, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) commended the staff of Plymouth South for its research based examination of basic core values, beliefs and learning expectations. The result of their collaborative efforts has led to a significant shift in student behavior and increased student enrollment in more rigorous coursework. This positive change in school culture has also led to a dramatic increase in student course selection. This is best exemplified in the Advanced Placement program.
In order to attract more students, Fry increased AP teacher training, eliminated course prerequisites and increased student incentives. The results of her efforts show that over a three year period, test administrations increased by 100 and test scores in the 3-5 range rose 21 percent. These significant increases came despite losing 500 students to redistricting.
Fry received her undergraduate degree from Stonehill College and a Masters degree from Bridgewater State University. She has completed all coursework toward a PhD at Lesley University and is working on her dissertation.