The principal of Marcus Whitman Elementary School in Richland has been named Distinguished Principal of the year for Southeastern Washington by the Association of Washington School Principals.
Paul Dann is one of 18 regional principals to receive the award. He now is eligible for the 2011 state title.
Dann has taught in Richland since 1979, when he was a second-grade teacher at Sacajawea Elementary School. He was Southeastern Washington's teacher of the year in 2003 and took over as principal at Marcus Whitman in 2004.