Kilpatrick Administrator Named Regional Principal of the Year and SAU Distinguished Alumni


Demarcus Green Named Regional Principal of the Year by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. This annual award recognizes exemplary magnet school principals from MSA’s eight regions who have demonstrated a strong commitment to maximizing learning opportunities for all students through theme-based education, while also setting high expectations within their schools and communities. Region 5 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.


In 1999, Mr. Green graduated from Stephens High School in Stephens, Arkansas and attended Southern Arkansas University where he received Bachelor of Science – Elementary Education and Master of Education – Educational Leadership. Before beginning his career in the Texarkana Arkansas School District, Mr. Green served as a United States Soldier in the National Guard Armory from 2000 to 2007 and later began to teach fourth graders at Central Elementary in Magnolia, Arkansas. In addition to being named Regional Principal of the year by MSA, on April 13, Mr. Green will be inducted in to the Southern Arkansas University Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.


“Mr. Green is a transformational leader who inspires greatness in his students and teachers,” commented Dr. Becky Kesler, Superintendent of Schools. “Being named a Regional Principal of the Year, as well as, being recognized as a Distinguished SAU Alumni reflect his tireless work to create a positive school culture.” Mr. Green will be recognized and receive their Regional Magnet School Principal of the Year Award during an awards ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 35th National Conference hosted by Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California April 27-29, 2017. He/she is also eligible to be selected as the National Magnet School Principal of the Year, which will be announced on the last day of the national conference.


Regional Principals of the Year are acknowledged by their peers for their noteworthy contributions made to their profession and have demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

•             Promoting equity and diversity among students and staff within their magnet school;

  • Providing equitable academic opportunities for all students;
  • Leadership implementing and sustaining an innovative magnet program;
  • Evidence of leadership within the school district and the magnet community.


To be selected as a Regional Principal of the Year, candidates must first be nominated. Then they are required to submit a narrative application and three recommendation letters, including one from a parent, one from a community partner, and one from a co-worker or an administrator. In addition, they must be a member of Magnet Schools of America and have served as their school’s principal for a minimum of three years. All applications are reviewed and scored by a panel of magnet educators.


To learn more about the Magnet Schools of America Principal of the Year program, please visit

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