Hanover Elementary School Principal Dr. Miguel Cardona, who was recently named Connecticut’s 2012 National Distinguished Principal, received a plaque and warm congratulations from Meriden school officials at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting in recognition of the achievement. Only one principal from each state is chosen for this honor each year.
“This is extremely humbling for me,” Cardona said in accepting the plaque. “It represents what’s great about Meriden,” he added, referring to the fact that he is a product of the Meriden Public Schools.
Cardona, who has chaired numerous educational committees at the district and state levels, recently began his 10th year as principal at Hanover Elementary.
Under his leadership, Hanover has become one of Connecticut’s top 10 elementary schools in terms of performance gains, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark Benigni. Cardona was also instrumental in implementing the district’s move to universal all-day kindergarten this year, Benigni said.
Cardona thanked his staff, his wife and his family for their support.
In order to be named a National Distinguished Principal, he said, “you have to have a ‘National Distinguished’ staff and a ‘National Distinguished’ family.”