Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 14, 2013

Ed Daihl chosen as district’s assistant principal of the year

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Greensburg Elementary School (GES) Assistant Principal Ed Daihl has been selected as the 2013 Elementary Assistant Principal by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) for District 10.

Daihl has been the assistant principal at Greensburg Elementary for 10 years, though he has worked in the Greensburg school system his entire career. He did his undergraduate work at Marion University, received his Masters of Education degree from IUPUC and his Education Specialist degree from IUPUI. His educational career began at Jerman School in 1974, where he taught sixth grade for six years. Daihl became the principal of Washington School in 1980 and was there for 22 years. He served as the principal for kindergarten and first grade at Billings School for two years before moving to GES in 2004.

“I’ve worked for Greensburg Schools for 40 years. I taught for six years and I’m now finishing my 34th year as a school administrator,” Daihl told the Daily News.

GES Principal Rock Linville seems to be thrilled with Daihl’s work in his role as a school administrator. He spoke with the Daily News Wednesday about Daihl’s upcoming award.

“Mr. Daihl has been the assistant principal at the elementary school for the last ten years and he’s just done an outstanding job. We couldn’t ask for a better candidate to represent our school,” Linville said.

It’s not just the staff at GES that appreciate all Daihl does for the school. A fourth grade student at GES wrote a letter to IASP recommending Daihl as the assistant principal of the year.

“Mr. Daihl is very nice and talks to all of the students at GES. He visits our classrooms to see what we are working on, greets students in the morning and helps with student dismissal. I have even seen him working in the cafeteria during lunch cleaning dishes. He makes our school a safe place to be,” she wrote.

IASP District 10 is made up of schools in Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Jennings, Ripley, Rush, Shelby and Union counties. There are 12 IASP districts across the state and one assistant principal from each district is elected by their peers. Daihl was nominated by Greensburg Community School Superintendent Tom Hunter.

“It has been my privilege to watch him grow and mature as an administrator over the past 25 years and to work with him as a colleague,” Hunter said. “Leadership is the ability to get people to do more than what they think they are capable of doing. In today’s changing educational environment, that is a pre-requisite for the job of any administrator. Mr. Daihl is more than capable of leading our elementary school into the 21st century.”

Daihl will receive his award during the 2013 Assistant Principals of the Year Recognition Celebration. The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the Indianapolis Mariott, during the annual IASP Assistant Principal’s Conference on Nov. 23. The luncheon will be presided over by IASP Executive Director Todd Bess and IASP President Tim McRoberts.

One elementary school assistant principal from each of the state’s 12 districts will be honored at the luncheon. From the 12 winners, one will be announced at the 2013 State Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year.

“I think just being selected as one of the 12 assistant principals of the year is an honor in itself, indicating that I must be doing something right. You just go to work every day and do your best. That’s how I was raised and that’s what I do. All that I do is about the kids and their future. It’s all about learning,” Daihl said.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004