Fairbury Public Schools closed out last year with an administrator earning a big honor.

Fairbury High School Principal Sean Molloy received 2022's New Principal of the Year award in December.

It's given out annually by the State Association of Secondary School Principals.

News Channel Nebraska had the chance to talk with Molloy about the award.

He says a big part of being successful as a high school principal is building and maintaining relationships.

“It was just very reaffirming that I have established good relationships with teachers, with students, with all staff members and they feel respected,” Molloy said. “Honestly, it’s a great honor, but certainly this could not be done without the amazing people that I work with each day.”

Fairbury Superintendent Stephen Grizzle along with Teacher Julie Petersen and Student Ellie Livingston each wrote a recommendation letter for Molloy. He told us the letters were very kind and he was grateful for the support.

Molloy said he greatly enjoys the job that shifted back into full gear Thursday as Fairbury students returned from their winter break.

“I have a job that I absolutely love and I enjoy coming to each day,” he said. “It’s just very rewarding. I mean what better thing than just making a difference each day and getting to work with the youth that eventually will be out in the workforce and doing all kinds of things and seeing their successes. It’s very rewarding.”

Molloy has been at Fairbury Public Schools since 2021 and was previously the Jefferson Intermediate’s Principal before taking over at Fairbury Junior-Senior High.