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Principal of the Year

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2022 Washington State 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 Principal of the Year. However, there are two national associations for 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 principal from our state will represent Washington as our NAESP National Distinguished Principal award winner and one secondary principal will represent Washington for the NASSP 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: Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson, principal at Chelan High School in the Lake Chelan School District, was named this year’s Washington State Principal of the Year. Every year, the Association of Washington School Principals selects a state winner. Wilson will also be recognized at the national level by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). He will compete with winners from other states for the NASSP’s National Principal of the Year award.

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NAESP/NASSP Winners

2022 NAESP National Distinguished Principal

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Alex Haas
McMicken Heights Elementary
Highline Public Schools 

Alexandria Haas, principal at McMicken Heights Elementary in the Highline Public Schools, was named this year’s Washington State National Distinguished Principal. Every year, the National Association of Elementary School Principals recognizes one winner from each state. After reviewing nominations, Ms. Haas has been chosen to represent our state by the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). 

Haas is a courageous leader who embodies Zaretta Hammond’s — a leading author on culturally-responsive teaching — “warm demander” stance. She leads a culture of high expectations and excellence, while still promoting social-emotional learning and culturally responsive instruction to serve all students. She inspires all students and staff at McMicken Heights Elementary (McMicken) to aim high and achieve their fullest potential. 

2022 NASSP State Principal of the Year

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Brad Wilson
Chelan High School
Lake Chelan School District

Described as personable and welcoming, you can find him greeting students and staff as they arrive, catching up with them in the halls or at games, matches, events, and banquets. Wilson's work ethic and positive attitude shine front and center, whether getting to the school extra early to make pots of coffee for everyone or announcing the high school football games.

“Mr. Wilson has an incredibly healthy balance of being data-driven, demanding positive results, and yet consistently putting students, staff, and community at the forefront of his leadership,” said Associate Principal Scott Granger. “One goal Brad had when taking over was to increase the number of dual credit and college in the high school opportunities and steadily increase LatinX enrollment in these areas.”



National Recognition

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

National Association of Elementary School Principals

 

  • One principal will represent Washington for NAESP's National Distinguished Principal Program (NDP).
  • NAESP honors principals from around the country and does not select a national winner. 
  • Our state winner must apply for the NDP program by May 6, 2022.
  • Winners are recognized in Washington, D.C. sometime in October 2022.

National Association of Secondary School Principals

 
  • One principal will represent Washington for NASSP's National Principal of the Year (NPOY).
  • NASSP selects one national winner from the state representatives.
  • Our state winner's application for the NPOY program is due May 2, 2022.
  • State representatives are honored at the National Principals Institute in Washington, D.C., usually in late September/early October. 
  • The National Principal of the Year is selected in October for National Principals Month. 



2023 POY Nominations and Process

nominate today for Principal of the Year

We know principal leadership matters. Let's recognize some of the amazing leadership around the state. Help us find the next Washington State 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. 

2023 nominations open soon!

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 principal gets an email letting them know someone thinks they're great and they've been nominated to be the Washington State Principal of the Year. 

  3. The nominated 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 Principal of the Year award.

  5. After the applications have been scored, the highest scored elementary principal applictation will represent Washington as our NAESP National Distinguished Principal for the year, while the highest scored seconday principal application will serve as Washington's NASSP Principal of the Year.

Timelines

  • Nominations open in May 2022.
  • Nominations (anyone can nominate) must be submitted by July 31, 2022.
  • Nominated principals must complete the application for the Washington State Principal of the Year by August 31, 2022.
  • The Washington State Principal of the Year (and the two NAESP/NASSP winners) will be announced by October 25, 2021.
  • The application for the NASSP National Principal of the Year is due May 2023.
  • The application for the NAESP National Distinguished Principal is due May 2023.


Assistant Principal of the Year and Past Winners


AP of the Year

Learn more about our state and national AP recognitions.

AP Recognition

Past Winners

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

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