In his fourteen years as principal of Parsons High School in Parsons, George Tignor has introduced a number of measures that have turned a school with significant problems into "a very progressive school that is willing to develop new programs to serve student needs." The V.I.P. (Very Important Pupils) program developed under Mr. Tignor's leadership has been instrumental in improving the attitude and performance of at-risk students. The program, which has served as a model for several similar programs in area schools, pairs tenth graders as mentors with elementary school children. Mr. Tignor has also initiated an extensive community-wide educational program that has successfully reversed the problem of gang activity at the school. The National Association of Secondary School Principals named Mr. Tignor 1995 Principal of the Year.
1969 St. MaryÕs Plains, B.S.