Boardman High School Principal, Cindy Fernback, is among a select group of outstanding women in the Mahoning Valley nominated for the prestigious Athena Award.
As a nominee, Principal Fernback is among 28 area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community, and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional women. A dinner to celebrate them is scheduled for May 14, and Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio's Director of Health who is a valley native, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
Principal Fernback says she is honored to be among such a group of amazing women. In 2014, She became the first female principal in Boardman High School history. She was nominated for the Athena Award by a fellow educator for her strong leadership and guidance of students and staff.
"When I began my masters studies in administration in 2000, I said many times that I was going to be the first female principal at Boardman High School, and those hopeful words, I believe, were whispered directly into the ear of the universe. I believe I called it into existence. Transitioning into this traditionally male position has been challenging, as all women in leadership positions can attest, but it has allowed me to grow as a leader and a compassionate human being."
BHS Principal Cynthia Fernback