The Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals is proud to recognize Jason May as the KAESP District 6 National Distinguished Principal honoree.

KAESP is an organization of over 300 elementary school principals from across the state of Kansas. May was nominated and selected by peer principals. Candidates are evaluated on their school leadership, school improvement, dedication, professionalism and service to students. May also serves as the District 6 governor.

May taught science at Liberty Middle School from 1995 to 2006. He then served as principal at Macksville and returned to be Southwest Elementary principal the fall of 2007. He's completing his seventh year.

"Jason is most deserving of this honor," Superintendent Suzan Patton said. "He has developed a very positive culture at Southwest. His first year he implemented the Super Frog Assembly to build pride and positive behavior. The assemblies are high energy, fun, and promote character. The kids love them.

"His focus on character education, his support for the reading and math Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and his promotion of weekly teacher collaboration have greatly impacted students and staff. I'm very proud to have him represent our district."

The award will be presented at the KAESP Annual Fall Conference Awards Reception Nov. 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport.