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Dr. Dianna Lindsay-Mattern

Dr. Dianna Lindsay-Mattern (OH '99)


Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates
Williamsburg, VA

At the time of the Award, Dr. Dianna Lindsay-Mattern was:

Worthington Kilbourne High School
Columbus, OH

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Dr. Dianna M. Lindsay-Mattern brings over four decades of leadership experience to her new role as Head of High School after retiring as Assistant Superintendent--Academics Instruction and Staff development for the Williamsburg-James City County Schools K-12. A former Ohio Principal of the Year, Dr. Lindsay brings a climate of collaboration, practicality and success to her work. Thus far her major initiatives have included innovative scheduling techniques, school climate and culture research, successful staff development, an award winning Academic Advisor and Student Advancement coach program, and other ongoing initiatives for post-high school success for all learners. Dr. Lindsay-Mattern is the author of numerous articles and pamphlets on a wide variety of educational topics, and was featured for her innovations in a Washington Post column titled "Class Struggle" by reporter Jay Mathews. Dr. Lindsay-Mattern is an 27-year faculty member at the Harvard Summer Institute for principals around the world, and severed three terms as the founding Co-Chair of the Harvard Principals Center. She is also a reader for Advanced Placement Art History for the past five years.

Personal Message

I am currently researching the topic of "entry into the principalship" and hope to soon have a text on this vitally important topic. In addition, I am writing a book on school rituals as a practical guide to the topic to enhance school climate and culture.

Additional Information


2012 Honorable Mention Magna Award

2006 China/USA Study Team

2005 Lebanon/USA Study Team

2001 University Council for Administrative Excellence

2000 Ohio Principal of the Year

1997 Fulbright Scholar to Japan

1993 Saludos Hispanos Educator of the Year

1991 Japan Foundation Scholar

Featured in Next Door Magazine, "21st Century Teacher of the Year"

Teacher Board of Advisors, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

ING Unsung Heroes Award for Virginia


2012 Harvard Principals' Center

2012 ASCD

2012 NASSP


2010 Higher Education Administration, M.A.

2001 School Counseling, M.S.

1977 Education Administration, M.Ed.

1976 Urban HIstory, Ed.D.

1974 Curriculum/Supervision, M. Ed.

1973 Secondary Social Studies, M.Ed.

1971 Eastern Nazarene College, Other


2010 "Critical Thinking In Higher Education"

2008 Virginia ASCD

2008 Southern Association of Colleges & Schools

2007 Virginia Association of Archives and Records

2005 "Personalized Learning Environments In CT High Schools"

2004 "12 Tips for Supporting Your Administrative Team"

2004 "Building New Administrative Structures"

2001 Parents As Partners

2001 Ohio Council for Social Studies

2001 University of Delaware

2000 "Rites, Rituals, and Regalia"

2000 The Ohio State University

2000 "Saving Academic Time by Consolidating Administrative Tasks"

2000 "Honoring The Code"

School Climate and Culture, Leadership and Change