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From Head of School Malcolm Lester's presentation at the 2020 Virtual Farewell Assembly

Each year, NPS presents an award to a faculty member to recognize the excellent teaching and learning that occurs at our school. This award, the NPS Faculty Achievement Award, is intended to recognize and acknowledge outstanding teachers who exemplify excellence and who lead by example. 

This year’s recipient has served NPS for 9 years and has filled two important roles at the school.  Well, she is actually so good at those roles that she is often asked to perform other responsibilities at NPS, which she does willingly. The ultimate professional and advocate who leads every day by example, this year’s recipient brings her “A game” to every role in which she participates.  She is highly regarded for doing all she does with grace, patience, keen intentionality, compassion, and a tremendous sense of humor. Our students’ well-being is at the heart of everything she does and her attention to their needs is unwavering and unparalleled—along with the needs of parents and colleagues. 

At NPS, we rely on her for pretty much everything. An example is the number of times she has been asked to serve on committees central to the life of the school. In the past two years along, she has been a member of the AIMS Accreditation Planning Committee, served as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, been on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and is currently on the Safety, Health, Return to School Committee.

For the NPS community, she truly does it all. I am pleased to present the 2020 NPS Faculty Achievement Award to NPS Lower Division Counselor and Librarian Jeni Reklis.


The Cunningham Citizen Scholar Award is given to an NPS 5th grader every year. 

The Patricia Cunningham Citizen-Scholar Award was established by Dr. Woody Cunningham in honor of his first wife, the late Patricia Cunningham, the founding Head of NPS. It was created one year after Mrs. Cunningham’s passing in 2007. Both Mrs. Cunningham and Dr. Cunningham were instrumental in founding NPS 51 years ago, and we continue to be indebted to them for that.  

The Cunningham Award is chosen by a vote of the full faculty and staff and goes to a rising 6th grader who has shown leadership and leadership potential, exemplified the NPS Core Values, been loyal to NPS and his or her class, and served others through compassion and humility. The award provides a scholarship to attend an area leadership program over the summer, a monetary stipend, and a grant to be applied towards tuition.  

I am pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Patricia Cunningham Citizen Scholar Award is Stella DiIorio.

Patricia Cunningham with NPS students in 1969