R. Scott Pfeifer, who is principal of Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, believes that education today must attend to the needs and interests of all students. "We can no longer cite the accomplishments of our most able students as evidence of our success," he says. Education today, he believes, should consider the needs and interests of students from a wide range of backgrounds, and set high expectations that apply across the board. Teachers, he thinks, must have the full support of their administrators in trying to develop strategies that will bolster student success. "When educators are given the opportunity to reflect, collaborate, and then develop innovations that match the needs and the problems within a given school, all things are possible," he says. Mr. Pfeifer was asked to assume the principalship of Centennial High in 2004 to bring stability and caring leadership to the school community. Teachers at Centennial High School are being encouraged to take the time to find collaborative solutions and to participate in the overall design of their institution.
1974 University of Virginia, B.A.