William Lonergan, an associate dean at Pinkerton Academy, was named the top assistant principal in the state by the N.H. Association of Principals. Lonergan received his honor in a ceremony Jan. 9 in Meredith.

DERRY — A Pinkerton Academy associate dean has taken a top state honor.

William Lonergan was named the Assistant Principal of the Year through the N.H. Association of School Principals.

He received his honor at a ceremony Jan. 9 in Meredith. He was nominated by his peers.

Lonergan said he is humbled by the award, but also said it’s a collaborative effort that makes him successful in his job.

“It is humbling,” he said, “but it’s just a reflection of what I do every day.”

That includes being part of a team that works together to make a difference in the lives of students.

As an associate dean, he is responsible for several of the freshman class teams and works in the school’s newest Academy Building, geared strictly to ninth-grade students.

He has worked at Pinkerton for 21 years and is a 1980 graduate of the school.

Headmaster Mary Anderson wrote in a statement that Lonergan was instrumental in the development of the new freshman program and works hard to develop programs that aid in the successful transition into high school for the youngest students.

“He also works diligently to teach students what is expected behavior and rewards students for doing the right thing,” Anderson said. “He tries daily to make a difference in their lives and their futures.”

Lonergan said he was surprised to be the award winner. He said everyone at Pinkerton is being very supportive and offering their congratulations.

Having the honor will give Lonergan many opportunities to meet with other educators at state and national levels.

The biggest honor, Lonergan said, is knowing he is making a difference, especially when past students still come up to him and tell him he helped them through.

“That right there is worth 10 of these awards,” he said. “That’s the reward.”

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