Local principal named Ga. National Distinguished Principal
Riverview Elementary School Principal Julia Mashburn was named Georgia 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP). Mashburn was awarded a check for $2,500 through the sponsorship of national K-12 publisher Mentoring Minds, a partner of GAESP.
“When you consider there are almost 1,600 elementary schools in Georgia, it is an unbelievable honor to be selected as the 2018 Nationally Distinguished Principal,” she said.
Mashburn has been the principal of Riverview since its inception and was one of three elementary school principals in the state to be recognized with the national title this year. Only 82 principals in Georgia have received the award since the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) began in 1984.
“Mrs. Mashburn’s commitment to excellence is reflected in programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all children and the establishment of community ties with parents and local business organizations,” said Hal Beaver, executive director, GAESP. “She has put the progress and the well-being of every child at the forefront of school planning and operations and her students are on the road to a quality education because of her efforts.”
Mashburn earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega. She returned to college, obtaining a master’s degree in education from North Georgia, and an Educational Leadership degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
“All the educators I had as a student made such a difference in my life and prepared me to go into this profession,” she said.
She and her fellow state winners were honored during the 2018 National Distinguished Principal event in October in Washington, D.C. and Mashburn was recognized at the Nov. 13 Dawson County Board of Education meeting.
“I have been employed by the Dawson County Board of Education for 28 years and I especially credit this school system for providing me the growth and leadership opportunities that have made this achievement possible,” Mashburn said.