WINDER - "Isn't it a great day to be at Haymon-Morris?" Melton Callahan asked students, faculty and guests gathered Wednesday morning in the gym at the Barrow County middle school.
It was, indeed, a great day for the school as its principal, Sheila Kahrs, was presented the MetLife-National Association of Secondary School Principals award for 2010 National Middle School Principal of the Year.
Kahrs was surprised to find Callahan, executive director for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals, and other dignitaries, including Georgia State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, inside the school gym Wednesday morning as they waited for Kahrs to finally learn she would receive the annual award.
"It's probably known throughout Barrow County now, and I think you're the only one who didn't know 'til just a minute ago," Ron Saunders, superintendent of Barrow County Schools, told Kahrs as she entered the gym to a standing ovation and rousing applause.
"It's so humbling to be honored for just doing what we're supposed to do," Kahrs said. "Just for doing my job."
Karhs was selected from more than 50 other state-level winners to receive the national award. She opened Haymon-Morris Middle School in 2005.
"Thank you, teachers, for me being up here right now," Karhs said as she addressed the audience. "It's your award. It's not mine."