Bemis principal named best of the best

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 7, 2015

 Jeremey Whan

Jeremey Whan


Bemis Elementary School Principal Jeremey Whan was selected from among principals named the best in their state as the top principal in the country.

Staff at the school Whan served at in the West Bloomfield School District and from Bemis nominated Whan for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association award, and he was selected as the top principal in the state in 2014.

\Whan said that those winners are encouraged to apply for the national award through the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the national component.

Whan has served as principal at Bemis since 2010.

“At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal,” Gail Connelly, NAESP’s executive director, said in a prepared statement. “Our National Distinguished Principals program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of these principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities. Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally and communities are strengthened.”

Last year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named Bemis a National Blue Ribbon School in the high-performing school category.

The Michigan Department of Education submitted 12 schools from over 4,000 across the state to the U.S. Department of Education to be considered for the award.

Whan said that Bemis is a multicultural building with a very diverse population from all over the world.

“It’s a great award, to recognize me for this accomplishment, but it’s the community, the building and district, great parents, teachers and students,” Whan said. “We all work together to do great things for kids.”

Whan will travel to Washington, D.C., next week with his wife, Christina, to receive the award.