SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Dr. Kevin Holloway, principal of Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains, was recognized in Washington by New Jersey Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker Tuesday for being named Visionary Leader of the Year by The New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association.

During the 2008-2009 academic year, Dr. Holloway instituted a new school-day schedule at Terrill by adding a period each day designed to enhance the advisory program, a writing workshop course, and a math explorations class.  He also instituted the “HEROS” program, a weekly, service-oriented group for 7th and 8th grade boys considered “at risk” and/or exhibiting leadership potential.

Through his “Check-in/Check-Out” volunteer program, grade-level teams identify students who, for socio-economic reasons, are in need of an adult mentor and make sure that teachers “check-in” on these students on a regular basis.

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"It was an honor to meet NJ’s principal of the year, Kevin Holloway from Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains," said Booker. "Our principals and teachers have some of the most difficult jobs out there. It’s always great to hear about some of the work they are doing."

Booker also joked, "He’s also got an A-plus haircut."