TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- An area principal recently received national recognition for his work as an educational leader.
James Mulé of St. Amelia School in Tonawanda is one of twelve principals from across the United States to receive the 2011 NCEA Dr. Robert J. Kealey Distinguished Principal Award from the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association. He was honored during the annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association on April 26 in New Orleans.
The recipients of the award, which honors distinguished educational leaders, come from the twelve geographic regions that compose the NCEA Department of Elementary Schools. They were chosen from a possible pool of more than 6,000.
Mulé has spent 22 years in Catholic education, including the last 16 as principal of St. Amelia School. He received both his undergraduate degree and Masters Degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and continues his studies at Niagara University.
Under Mulé's leadership, St. Amelia School has been recognized as a National School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education and a New York State School of Excellence. Mulé gives the credit of his success to the work of his teachers, parents, and parish community who sacrifice in so many ways to make St. Amelia School a place where excellence is experienced.
Mulé believes that "leaders develop other leaders." To that end, he charges his teachers with being "Spiritual Leaders" of their classrooms and supports them in this endeavor. He believes so strongly in the power of education and he considers himself a "Bold Leader in service to Christ."
"As a Bold Leader in service to Christ, I need to be willing to take risks, challenging myself and others to think outside the box to be successful," Mulé said.
According to Brother Robert Bimonte, Executive Director of the NCEA Department of Elementary Schools, all awardees have served as principal for a minimum of 5 years in a Catholic elementary school.
"Each of these outstanding principals embodies the very best of Catholic education," Bimonte said. "Their commitment to academic excellence and dedication to young people are the reasons parents choose Catholic schools.”