2023 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership(LOUISVILLE, KY) – A school principal in Louisville has been named a recipient of the 2023 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership.

Amy Sample, principal of Saint Xavier High School, an all-boys Catholic school, is one of nine school leaders across the country to win the award. All nine honorees will go to the 2023 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools that will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on Nov. 16.

“Great principals play a pivotal role in building thriving school communities and empowering teachers to meet the diverse needs of every student,” stated U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “As recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award, you have served as catalysts, fostering positive school cultures, and finding new ways to engage students, parents, families, educators and staff. You continue to raise the bar as school leaders, and your dedication inspires others to bring their best each day. The prestigious Bell Award is our way of recognizing and celebrating your hard work and indispensable leadership.”

Named for the second U. S. Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, the Bell Award honors school leaders who are committed to education as a powerful and liberating force in people’s lives. The award is part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Principals are nominated by their school communities during the final stages of the National Blue Ribbon Schools application process.

The U.S. Department of Education, together with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Middle Level Education, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, present the Bell Awards to principals of National Blue Ribbon Schools for their outstanding work and the vital role they play in guiding their students and schools to excellence, frequently under challenging circumstances.

Seven schools in Kentucky, including five public schools, were named 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools in September.