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Midway High School Associate Principal Becky Odajima has been named the Texas Assistant Principal of the Year.

Midway High School Associate Principal Becky Odajima was named the Texas Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

“We are certainly so proud of (her),” said Superintendent Dr. George Kazanas of Odajima. “She is highly intelligent and always poised, yet she finds a way for her quiet strength and warm heart to shine through.”

Odajima is in her first year as second-in-command to interim leadership. The award reflects her ability to step up quickly and capably to demands of a high-performing school while filling the void left by the departure of Midway High’s principal and associate principal this past summer, he added.

She previously served as an assistant principal for one year and instructional specialist for Midway High School. Her experience also includes instructional technology for Waco ISD, band director at middle schools in Michigan, and assistant band director in Cedar Park and Robinson.

Odajima is a current doctoral student at Baylor University. She holds her superintendent certification from the University of Texas-Tyler, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Stephen F. Austin University.

Midway Independent School District has celebrated an extraordinary string of state leadership awards in recent years. Odajima’s award is preceded by:

2016 — State finalist for Outstanding Small School District (H-E-B Excellence in Education), district; Nick Smith, Texas National Distinguished Principal finalist (TEPSA), Woodgate Intermediate; Jay Fischer, Texas National Distinguished Principal finalist (TEPSA), Spring Valley Elementary; Aaron Peña, Texas National Distinguished Principal finalist (TEPSA), Woodway Elementary.

2015 — Diane Gough, Texas National Distinguished Principal (TEPSA), Hewitt Elementary; Aaron Peña, Texas Elementary Outstanding Principal (H-E-B Excellence in Education), Woodway Elementary; Heather Metzgar, Texas Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year (TEPSA), Hewitt Elementary; Dr. Mark Pantle, Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year (TASP), district; Rick Tullis, State Business Leaders of the Year (CTAT), school board.

2014 — Texas Honor Board (TASA), school board; Jeff Gasaway, Texas Principal of the Year finalist (TASSP), Midway High; Nick Smith, Texas National Distinguished Principal finalist (TEPSA), Woodgate Intermediate.

2013 — Alison Smith, Texas Assistant Principal of the Year (TASSP), Midway High.

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Midway High School Associate Principal Becky Odajima has been named the Texas Assistant Principal of the Year.

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