JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 educator received a statewide honor Friday morning.
Dr. Shannon Lewis, Health and Human Services Assistant Principal at Jonesboro High School, received the 2017 Arkansas Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year award.
The Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators surprised him with the award Friday morning in Jonesboro at the performing arts center.
"I was shocked and excited all at the same time," Lewis said.
With 14 years in education, Lewis said he hopes this award inspires those he works with every day.
"I hope that the students can see when you put your work, your best foot forward, that you can get major accomplishments if you continue to work hard," Lewis said.
During the ceremony, several spoke about how Lewis inspires them to be better educators.
Lewis said his co-workers and students are why he loves to come to work.
"I know I can see my work," Lewis said. "I can see the students, and I can see that I'm touching each and every one of those students. I'm helping them be lifelong learners."
Lewis was nominated by his peers and will represent the state of Arkansas in Washington, D.C. in the spring.
"I look at this as just the beginning, and I build upon what has already happened," Lewis said. "I can be a more self-sustaining administrator, better husband, better father, a better brother."
The message Lewis gives his students daily is to simply show up when it counts.
"It is important that they be here because if they aren't here they aren't learning," Lewis said.
A special reception was held following the presentation.
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