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NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal AwardTM

From Minnesota

The Award

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and MESPA are committed to preparing assistant principals to step into the principal role. We honor PreK-8 assistant principals who are doing a superb job in their roles. This program promotes educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (PreK-8) schooling and calls attention to the fundamental importance of the assistant principal. The award recipient will receive a FREE registration to NAESP's annual national conference in July and be recognized at the conference. 


Eligible Candidates for the Award:

Candidates must:

  • be a member of MESPA.
  • be a member of NAESP for the last two years.
  • maintain membership through June 30 of the following year (If applying in 2030, the candidate must maintain membership through June 30, 2031).
  • be an active, practicing assistant principal and will be an active, practicing assistant principal at the time they submit their application. 
  • contribute to the well-being of the educational community. 
  • contribute to a positive and motivating environment for others.
  • have a strong record of service (in both school and community) and be recognized as a leader. 
  • exhibit exceptional leadership in a particular school program and/or is heavily involved in finding a solution to a problem faced by the school.

Previous Recipients

  • Dr. Heidi Miller, 2022
  • Keisha Davis, 2021
  • Ashley Farrington, 2020
  • John Awsumb, 2019 
  • Tracy Sexton-Oliver, 2018 
  • Sara Schmidt, 2017
  • Margo Kleven, 2016
  • Christen Hull, 2015 
  • Michelle Rosen, 2014
  • Toni Beckler, 2013
  • Frank Catchings, Jr., 2012

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