LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Atherton High School Principal Thomas Aberli has been named the 2016 Kentucky Administrator of the Year for building-level administrators.

In selecting Dr. Aberli for the award, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) recognized his outstanding educational contributions in Kentucky’s public schools through exceptional leadership and service to the association. Aberli serves on the Principal’s Advisory Committee to the Commissioner of Education and was selected to serve on both the state Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force and the state’s School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council. He was also elected to the KASA Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be recognized for doing what I love and proud to be part of such an amazing school community,” Aberli said. “Every day I tell our students on the announcements, ‘what you do makes a difference,’ and I am excited to see our students, staff and parents reaching out to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Aberli began his career as a high school math and physics teacher in Trimble County and later served as assistant principal at South Oldham High School. In 2007 he became assistant principal of Atherton, and has served as principal since 2010. During that time, Atherton has seen steady academic growth: the school has moved from ranking 74th in Kentucky based on the ACT to ranking in the top 12 schools in the state by U. S. News & World Report every year from 2013 to 2016. Atherton also received the Kentucky Department of Education’s rating of School of Distinction in 2015, the state’s highest possible rating under the school accountability system. 

Dr. Aberli will be presented with the Spirit of a Leader award during KASA’s annual leadership institute at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Galt House Hotel.

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