Chantilly High school principal Teresa Johnson has been honored as an outstanding administrator of the year by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association.

Johnson was named the Dr. Kay Phillips administrator of the year by SIPA for her support of student journalists and Chantilly’s news publications and media outlets.

Chantilly student media adviser Clare Gartlan said that Johnson “has helped build a professional broadcast journalism program by supporting the staff in its endeavor to start a daily news show,” and is “incredibly supportive of our students’ First Amendment rights.”

The Dr. Kay Phillips award goes to school administrators who help nurture student journalism and the development of academic programs for teenagers interested in careers in the media, according to a schools statement. Johnson has served as principal of Chantilly High since 2011.