May 15, 2012 - Michael Dittrich
, Alpha Phi
'98, Assistant Principal of Hancock Place Elementary
in St. Louis, Mo. was honored at the spring commencement ceremonies at Southeastern Missouri State University
(SEMO), home of the Alpha Phi Chapter
, this past week with the College of Education Young Alumni
of Merit award.
focus on reaching out to the community, improving academic programs, and building relationships with his
staff were among many of the attributes that earned Michael
"Sigma Tau Gamma
was instrumental in growing me into a man that values service to the community, thirst for knowledge, and valuing individual talents of others.
Said Dittrich, who praises his fraternity for his success in education, "The principles of Sigma Tau Gamma serve as a foundation for the decisions I make concerning my staff and students every day."
has also been recognized as the St. Louis Suburban Area Elementary Principals Association's
Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year this March.
e was then selected from a group of extraordinary candidates from across Missouri as the Missouri Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year.
In addition, the National Elementary Associat
ion recognized him as a National Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal for Elementary School Principals.
After graduating Hancock High School in 1994, Dittrich went on to receive his bachelor's degree in elementary education at SEMO in 1999.Then, in 2002, he continued his education at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. by receiving his masters in school administration while this past summer earned his educational specialists degree.Starting in July, Dittrich will begin a new position in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.
Pictured: (Left to Right) University President Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, Michael Dittrich, Vice President for University Advancement Bill Holland.