Augusta Christian Schools Headmaster Dr. David Piccolo received a top leadership honor Tuesday.
South Carolina Independent School Association Executive Director Larry Watt presented Piccolo with the association’s 2012 Dr. Charles Aimar Educational Leadership Award.
The award is the highest honor that any school leader within the association can receive, Watt said.
“This is the hardest award to give because there are so many deserving people,” he said.
There are 113 schools across Georgia and South Carolina that are part of SCISA.
Before coming to Augusta Christian in 2010, Piccolo served in public schools in Florida and was superintendent of the Brevard County school system.
“Leadership just doesn’t happen by one person,” Piccolo said. “Leadership is about many people working together to create a common good, and that’s what Augusta Christian is about.”
He said he felt blessed that he had a platform to lead at Augusta Christian.
“The other thing I love to do is mentor,” he said. “As I get older, one of the neat things is that God placed younger people in my path that I can help. To me, that’s a blessing.”
The award winner is selected based on criteria including buildings and grounds, new educational opportunities, new programs and spirit/morale of the school, Watt said.
“He by far came out above everyone else,” Watt said. “He’s quite the person.”
Piccolo is the 25th recipient of the award, Watt said.
SCISA also awarded Augusta Christian instructor Jacky Stone the SCISA master teacher award. Stone is a sixth-grade and high-school teacher for Augusta Christian’s School of Talent Development.