Prairie Park School Principal David Williams thought the staff meeting Tuesday afternoon was about the school's field day on Friday.
Boy, was he wrong.
At the meeting, Williams was honored as the Lawrence Organization for Substitute Teachers' Principal of the Year.
"I didn't have any idea what all this was about," he said.
The group of substitute teachers chose Williams for the award based on three criteria: high visibility in the building, a good connection with students and staff, and a welcoming attitude toward substitute teachers.
"We heard good things from parents and that influences their vote, too," said Pat Hays, the group's president. "Just the things that they hear in the community besides what they observe personally."
And the on-call teachers are important to Prairie Park.
"There isn't a day when we don't have a least one substitute in the building," Williams said. "It's a tough job."
Williams said that being honored by a group that is vital to schools is meaningful.
"They (substitute teachers) do a phenomenal job, so to be recognized by that group is important to me because I do, every day, make sure that they feel like they're a part of the staff," he said.
"They're welcome here."
This is the third year that the group has handed out the Principal of the Year award.