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Springfield’s Arria Coburn named Regional Principal of the Year

April 03, 2018

Arria Coburn, principal of the Springfield Renaissance School, has been named Regional Principal of the Year (POY) by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. The POY award recognizes outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing innovative programs that promote equity, diversity, and academic excellence for students in magnet schools.

Coburn, who was born and raised in Springfield, has worked in the field of education for 12 years.  Prior to her 3-year principalship at Renaissance, she was a special education teacher at the same school and held the position of Assistant Principal at Duggan.

The High School of Science and Technology alumnus says she is humbled to receive this recognition and credits her school team for this achievement. “I am honored, but I wouldn’t have been able to receive this without my team,” says Coburn “I have a wonderful team here at the Springfield Renaissance School. I am excited, this is great news for our school and for our city. I am proud to work in the City I grew up in and lead the students and staff in this wonderful school.”

As Region 1 Principal of the year, she is representing the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Regional POY award recipients are acknowledged by their peers for noteworthy contributions made to their profession and demonstrating excellence in the following areas:

  • Promoting equity and diversity among students and staff within their magnet school;
  • Providing equitable academic opportunities for all students;
  • Leadership implementing and sustaining an innovative magnet program;
  • Evidence of leadership within the school district and the magnet community.

She is a finalist for the National Magnet Schools POY award, along with other seven Regional Principals of the Year from around the nation, and will be honored later this month in Chicago, Illinois.


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