The principal of Roger Ludlowe Middle School is at the head of his class. Glenn Mackno, a longtime administrator in the Fairfield public school system, was recognized as the "outstanding middle school administrator" for 2013 by the Connecticut Parent-Teacher-Student Association at its recent awards banquet.

"It's a humbling experience and it's something as an administrator I don't look for," Mackno said Tuesday. "It's comforting to know that other people are recognizing what you do on a daily basis."

Among those on hand to honor Mackno at the event were Laura Bernaschina, president of the Roger Ludlowe PTSA, and Jim Accomando, Connecticut PTSA president.

Raised in Fairfield, Mackno also attended town schools.

An educator with Fairfield public schools for 34 years, he plans to retire at the end of this school year after 14 years as Ludlowe Middle School's principal.

"It's been a privilege and a pleasure to have been able to work with Fairfield Public Schools and the town that I was educated in and grew up in," he said.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1979 from Southern Connecticut State University, Mackno taught physical education and coached volleyball at both Stratfield and Dwight elementary schools for two years.

He then taught physical education and health and coached boys basketball and girls volleyball for six years at then-Andrew Warde High School, and later taught physical education at Jennings Elementary School for a year.

After Jennings, he served as dean of student services at Tomlinson Middle School for seven years before working as an assistant principal at Tomlinson for six years.

Mackno then served as assistant principal at Roger Ludlowe in 1998, the first year it opened, under then-principal Jack Boyle before becoming principal the following year.

Mackno earned a master's degree in education in 1985, a sixth-year degree in administration and supervision in 1991 and a seventh-year degree in administration and supervision in 1992, all from Southern.

Mackno said the most rewarding part of his experience as a Fairfield educator is the relationships he has developed with the staff, students and parents.

"I'm a people person," he said. "Any chance I get to be around them puts a smile on my face and brightens my day."; 203-255-4561, ext. 112;