The principal of Visitation School in Kansas City, Vincent M. Cascone, is among 61 elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been designated 2013 National Distinguished Principals.
The award, from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities, according to a press release from the organization. The honorees are selected by the association’s state affiliates.
Cascone has been principal nine years at the Catholic school at 5134 Baltimore Ave. Five of his children and six nephews and nieces attend the school.
Asked about his guiding philosophy, Cascone said education begins with relationships, and he focuses on that when hiring and evaluating staff members.
“Once the rapport is there and students know the teachers care about them and love them, the learning process can begin,” Cascone said.