PDK International, a global association of education professionals, has chosen New Milford High School principal Eric Sheninger as this year's Emerging Leader.
PDK's Emerging Leader program recognizes the leadership skills of top educators worldwide under the age of 40. 22 honorees were chosen from a competitive field of applicants based on their outstanding professional accomplishments.
William J. Bushaw, PDK International’s executive director, said, "We know the future of education is in good hands with leaders like these making a difference in the lives of our students."
Sheninger began his educational career teaching high school science. He has also served as athletic director and vice principal at New Milford High School.
Sheninger is the 2012 NASSP Digital Principal Award recipient, Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, co-author of two books, education writer for the "Huffington Post," and co-creator of the Edscape Conference.
Sheninger was named to the National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. His blog, "A Principal's Reflections," was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2011 by Edublogs.
"I am passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered and focus on 21st-century skills," Sheninger said.
In addition to being honored at an event in Washington, D.C., PDK honorees also have the opportunity to be published by PDK, apply for grants, and participate in PDK initiatives.