MERIDEN — Lincoln Middle School Principal Dianne Vumback has been named the Connecticut Association of Schools 2018 Middle School Principal of the Year and will go on to represent the state in the national competition this fall.
While honored to receive the award, Vumback credits her staff at Lincoln for strides in integrating bilingual students into classrooms and opening up the school’s most rigorous courses to all students.
”I was thrilled and excited, but all along I knew it was a team effort,” Vumback said. “It’s a team effort because it validates all the hard work we’ve been doing. You can’t get these results with one person.”
Vumback was hired as principal in 2012, having previously served as assistant principal.
The Connecticut Association of Schools selects one principal each from the elementary, middle and high school levels for the award. Vumback received the honor alongside Ashford Elementary School Principal Troy Hopkins and Farmington High School Principal Dr. Bill Silva.
Meriden School Superintendent Mark Benigni congratulated Vumback on her accomplishment, saying it recognizes academic progress at Lincoln Middle School.
“Dianne’s done a tremendous job leading Lincoln and making sure that all students feel challenged and supported,” Benigni said. “It’s a great honor for Dianne, for the Lincoln Middle School community but also the entire City of Meriden.”