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Assistant Principal of the Year Award

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2022 Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year

One state Principal of the Year. Two National Winners.

AWSP is a K-12 organization, so we recognize one winner as our Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year. However, there are two national associations for assistant principals, and each AWSP Active Membership comes with membership to either the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) or the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). 

What does that mean for the award? Every year, one elementary assistant principal from our state will represent Washington as our NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal award winner and one secondary principal will represent Washington for the NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year award. One of those two winners will be selected our Washington State Principal of the Year.



2022 Assistant Principal of the Year: Megan Mauro

LaVenture Middle School Assistant Principal Megan Mauro (Mount Vernon School District) was named this year’s Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year. Megan will also represent Washington as our state winner for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Assistant Principal of the Year award.

NASSP selects a National Assistant Principal of the Year during National AP Week, held this year during the week of April 4–8, 2022. Mauro will be honored in July at the National Principals Conference with winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, and the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools.  

Megan Mauro Headshot



NAESP & NASSP Winners

NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal

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Kristin Dickert
Mill Creek Elementary
Everett Public Schools

Kristin Dickert, assistant principal at Mill Creek Elementary School in the Everett Public Schools, was named this year’s National Outstanding Assistant Principal from Washington. The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) recognizes one winner from each state every year. After reviewing nominations, Ms. Dickert was selected to represent Washington by the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

Comfortable in her role as an assistant principal, Dickert embodies the ‘bloom where you are planted’ adage. "She effectively accomplishes all the essential duties of a strong instructional leader with grace and humor, and in every interaction communicates her desire and vision for a better future for all,” said Mill Creek Principal Brenda Fuglevand about Dickert. “She maintains an artful balance of attention to high academic standards, respectful and personable interactions, humor, positive presuppositions, and an unwavering focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year

Megan Mauro Headshot

Megan Mauro
LaVenture Middle School
Mount Vernon School District

Every year, the Association of Washington School Principals selects a state winner. Mauro will also be recognized at the national level by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), where she will compete with winners from other states for the NASSP’s National Assistant Principal of the Year award, announced in early April. 

Described as a visionary leader who “walks the walk” and turns vision into action, Mauro focuses on social justice and raises the bar for students and staff alike, all with a positive attitude. A master of eliciting student voice, Mauro pushes all students to be challenged and has a passion for supporting the underdogs.

“Megan is unique because she is a rare combination of deep professional knowledge, superb interpersonal skills, and boundless energy. She makes our school a warm, welcoming, and productive place,” said LaVenture principal Dave Riddle. He added, “Our school culture is very much one where distributed leadership is valued, and Megan actively empowers both adults and students in leadership roles. Megan believes in the leadership potential of every child.”



National Recognition

While we only name one state Assistant Principal of the Year, we select one elemenary assistant principal to represent us for the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principal award and one secondary assistant princpial for the National Association of Secondary School Principal Principal of the Year award. 

National Association of Elementary School Principals

 

  • One amazing assistant principal 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 25, 2022.
  • 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


  • Each year, one amazing assistant principal will represent Washington for NASSP's National Assistant Principal of the Year program (NAPOY).
  • NASSP NAPOY applications were due December 1, 2021. 
  • From the state representatives, NASSP selects three finalists and one national winner. 
  • The winner will be selected during National AP Week, which is April 4-8 2022.
  • The winner will be recognized at the NASSP national conference, which usually happens during the first two weeks of July.


2023 APOY Nominations


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We know leadership matters. Let's recognize some of the amazing leadership around the state. Help us find the next Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year, as well as our state winners for the National Association of Elementary School Principals and National Association of Secondary School Principals award programs. 

Process

  1. 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.)

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. A judging panel will do blind scoring of the applications with potential site visits to the finalists. The highest scored application will win our Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year award.

  5. After the applications have been scored, the highest scored elementary assistant principal applictation will represent Washington as our NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal for the year, while the highest scored seconday assistant principal application will serve as Washington's NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year. NAESP does not select a national winner, but NASSP will pick three finalists to compete for the National Assistant Principal of the Year.

Timelines

  • Nominations open in May 2022.
  • Nominations (anyone can nominate) must be submitted by July 31, 2022.
  • Nominated assistant principals must complete the application for the Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year by August 31, 2022.
  • The Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year will be announced by October 31, 2022.
  • The application for the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year is due by December 1, 2022
  • The application for the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal is due March 27, 2023.




Past Winners

View past Assistant Principal of the Year winners. 


Principal of the Year

Looking for info about recognition and timelines for our Principal of the Year?

POY Recognition



For More Information 

David Morrill | Communications & Technology Director | (800) 562-6100

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