Assistant Principal of the Year Award
Every year, AWSP selects a Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year. In the past, we've sometimes selected two state winners; one from elementary and one from secondary.
Beginning in 2020, we're revamping our process. We will select one winner per ESD, regardless of level, and select one state winner from the nine ESD/Regional winners. This aligns with the classified, teacher, and superintendent of the year award programs.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AWSP made the difficult decision to “hit pause” on the 2019-2020 POY/APOY process. The good news is, we reopened the nomination process! Nominations will accepted through July 31.
For those who were nominated and completed the application, we are holding your completed packets and pushing them to the 2020-2021 POY/APOY round, which will be announced in October 2020. For those of you who were nominated but didn’t complete the application, you now have until August 31 to do so!
- AWSP accepts nominations from any source. It could be a teacher, another principal in the district, a parent, student, or community member. (Note: nominators will need to create an OpenWater account. This lets the nominator start the process, save their work, and come back to it.)
- The nominated assistant principal gets an email letting them know someone thinks they're great and they've been nominated to be the Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year.
- The nominated assistant principal completes an application in OpenWater. This mirrors the national application closely, so if they advance to national recognition, they won't have to reinvent the wheel when the time comes to fill out that nomination.
- A regional judging panel selects one assistant principal from each ESD to be our Regional/ESD Assistant Principal of the Year.
- Another judging panel narrows the nine down to one Washington Assistant State Principal of the Year. That person will represent Washington for their respective national association. See the national recognition section below.
- Nominations (anyone can nominate) must be submitted by July 31, 2020.
- Nominated assistant principals must complete the application for the Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year by August 31, 2020.
- Regional/ESD winners will be selected by October 1, 2020.
- The Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year will be announced by October 25, 2020.
- The application for the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year is due by December 1, 2010*.
- The application for the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal is due March 27, 2020*.
*Note: Due to timing constraints in 2020, we will select one qualified applicant to represent us at NAESP and NASSP, but we'll keep the nomination and application window open to match our Principal of the Year process. This gives us a better chance to find a great candidate from each ESD.
If the state winner is a member of NASSP, we will look at the other eight ESD/Regional Assistant Principal of the Year winners and select the highest scored application from a NAESP member. That person will represent our state at the national level and vice versa; if the state winner is a NAESP winner, we'll select the best application from a NASSP member to represent Washington for their national component.
National Association of Elementary School Principals
- One Regional/ESD Assistant Principal of the Year winner will represent Washington for NAESP's National Outstanding Assistant Principal Program (NOAP).
- NAESP honors assistant principals from around the country and does not select a national winner.
- Applications for the NOAP program are due March 27, 2020.
- Winners are recognized at the NAESP national conference, which usually happens during the first two weeks of July. Registration is comped.
National Association of Secondary School Principals
- One Regional/ESD Assistant Principal of the Year winner will represent Washington for NASSP's National Assistant Principal of the Year program (NAPOY).
- NASSP NAPOY applications were due December 1, 2019.
- From the state representatives, NASSP selects three finalists and one national winner.
- The winner will be selected during April 2020.
- The winner will be recognized at the NASSP national conference, which usually happens during the first two weeks of July.
Looking for info about recognition and timelines for our Principal of the Year?
2019 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year: Shelley Ramirez
Congratulations to Shelley Ramirez, the 2019 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year! Ms. Shelly Ramirez is an outstanding leader, motivator and coalition builder. In her four years as assistant principal at Thompson Elementary School (Bethel SD), she has been instrumental in supporting staff, parents and students with placing a focus on learning. She brings people together around a shared goal and allows them to solve problems as a group that no one of them could solve individually. Ms. Ramirez thrives in building relationships with people, knowing that a good relationship is the catalyst to creating meaningful work and outcomes. She genuinely cares about people's well-being. She is visible in the community by interacting with students and families at events, sports, and community activities.
2019 Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year: Lacey Griffiths
Congratulations to Lacey Griffiths, the 2019 Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year! Ms.Griffiths has been the assistant principal at RA Long High School (Longview SD) for the past seven years. She has worked hard during this time to develop strong relationships with her teachers, and believes these relationships allows her to push teachers gently out of their comfort zone and question their "whys." She aims to be on the forefront of anything implemented or adopted in order to be able to assist teachers, and seeks professional development around students' needs. She writes, "Whether it be attending Autism trainings, ELL training, trauma training, etc., it is critical that I have the skill set to assist teachers in assisting our students." Principal Rich Reeves says that Ms. Griffiths is highly deserving of this award because of her, “unwavering commitment to the growth and success of every student in our building.”
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