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Allan Cameron

Allan Cameron (MA '12)


Wrentham School District
Wrentham, MA

At the time of the Award, Allan Cameron was:

Deerfield Elementary School
Westwood, MA

Biographical Information

A former Boston College practicum instructor and Army National Guard veteran who led the "about-face" at Deerfield Elementary School in Westwood, Massachusetts, Principal Dr. Allan Cameron is a clear-cut winner. With growth and achievement at the top of his list, failure— for students or for staff—is never an option. “A rare educator for whom theory and practice are seamlessly integrated” is just one of many comments on his professionalism.

Discipline problems are no longer an issue at Deerfield, which has turned around since Cameron came on board. He greets every boy and girl each morning, knows their academic strengths and weaknesses, visits classrooms regularly and even teaches lessons. He also established a successful professional learning community focused on common planning time and support. Fastidious in his pursuit of continuous improvement, Cameron distributes an anonymous feedback survey to assess his performance. And in a weekly staff newsletter, he shares examples of best practices that he has observed among his talented staff.

Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of this schoolwide culture of excellence. For three years in a row, Deerfield student achievement scores have been tops in Massachusetts in most categories for grades 3 and 5. Overall, 2011 MCAS data show a 95 percent proficient rate in reading and an 89 percent proficient rate in math.

Among his many other leadership activities, Cameron led the district's kindergarten committee in expanding the program to a full day, and is the Mentor Program leader, teaming up veteran teachers with those new to the profession.

Since his 2012 Milken Educator Award win, Allan has been featured by the MA Department of Education in their "aMAzing Educators" video series:

Allan Cameron Newsletters

Introducing the Three Newest Educators in the MEA Family
Oct 12, 2012

Allan Cameron In The News

Walpole School Committee member named Wrenthan superintendent
Walpole Times  |  Dec 26 , 2013  |  Walpole, MA

Top educators honored in Boston
Massachusetts Teachers Association  |  Jun 14 , 2013  |  Boston, MA

Deerfield principal recognized for Milken Award
Westwood Patch  |  Jun 14 , 2013  |  Westwood, MA

Deerfield Principal recieves national award
WickedLocal  |  Oct 17 , 2012  |  Westwood, MA

Deerfield Elementary School Principal Receives National Educator Award
WestwoodPatch  |  Oct 12 , 2012  |  Westwood, MA

Westwood principal awarded $25,000  |  Oct 11 , 2012  |  Boston, MA

Westwood Principal Awarded National Education Award
WBZ-TV  |  CBS  |  Oct 11 , 2012  |  Boston, MA

Westwood principal gets 'Oscar of Teaching'
WHDH-TV  |  NBC  |  Oct 11 , 2012  |  Boston, MA

Additional Information


2008 Ph.D. in Education Administration from Boston College

1999 MA in Elementary Education from Fairfield University

1995 BA in English and Psychology from the University of Connecticut


1999 Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

2004 American Mensa

2001 Association of the US Army

2008 Massachusetts Elementary School Principal Association


2004 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College

2001 Honorable Discharge, US Army National Guard

1996 Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service

1996 Army Achievement Medal for Leadership

1998 Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Distinguished Honor Graduate

1998 Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Peer Leadership Award