Faces of NAESP

Faces of NAESP

Tucker Elementary School
Georgia
Member since 2005

I joined NAESP because of their reputation for being a kids/teacher-first organization!  The opportunity to collaborate through email and at conferences expands my own learning and provides me with the encouragement necessary to stay focused on our students and staff rather than distracted by the many other parts of the administrative job.  I highly encourage both new and veteran educators to make NAESP membership a must.

East Coweta Middle School
Georgia
Member since 2015

I am a member of NAESP because I believe in the impactful role of the principal in a school and community.  A quality organization such as NAESP helps me be the best principal I can be!

Because I am a hands-on principal who works tirelessly in my school and community, I am limited on the time I have to monitor the legislative process as it relates to my role as principal.  NAESP gives me confidence that an organization has a watchful eye and will advocate for principals regarding national legislation.

Falling Creek Elementary School
Virginia
Member since 2006

My membership with NAESP is a rewarding partnership that has afforded me new friendships with colleagues outside of my district and state. Attending the NAESP conferences allows me to interact with peers and expand my knowledge base.  These interactions help me foster a more effective learning environment for all who enter our school and build upon my creativity as an instructional leader so I feel better equipped to work with staff, student, and parents. 

Becoming a mentor in the NAESP Principal Mentor Program reminded me of my first years in leadership and made me realize the importance of supporting people new to the field of learning and teaching.  It also validated my work ethic and has strengthened me as a leader. The mentor program helps build strong relationships and an effective network of colleagues who have the same concerns and can offer a variety of strategies to alleviate those concerns.  The friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime!

Birchview Elementary School
Minnesota
Member since 2015

Joining NAESP has been a great way to gain resources to improve my practice. I have become more connected with colleagues across the country and have been inspired to be involved on a deeper level.

Ross N Robinson Elementary School
Tennessee
Member since 2003

Being a member of NAESP has changed my life on a personal and professional level, and I am forever grateful for my colleagues for encouraging me to join!  As a new administrator, I was strongly encouraged by my mentoring principal to join our local, state, and national associations.   As a result, I was able to experience a professional network unlike any other.  Having the opportunity to meet and connect with colleagues from across my state and the nation during our state and national conferences has been an invaluable asset to me as an administrator and one I would encourage others to pursue – you won’t be disappointed!         

Richland Elementary
Tennessee
Member since 2004

When I was an assistant principal, the best advice my principal ever gave me was to join NAESP. The networking with principals I have met from across the United States has helped me to be the educational leader that I am today. Through their advice and suggestions, I have continued to learn new strategies that have made a huge impact on student achievement at the school where I have the good fortune as serving as the principal for the past 13 years. The Report to Parents is a great resource to share with parents to help them meet the educational needs of their children.   The annual National Principals Conference allows me to learn from the best practitioners in the world while also spending time sharing and growing with my colleagues and friends. I encourage any aspiring principal, assistant principal, and principal to join NAESP and observe first-hand the difference it will make in your professional and personal life. 

North Trail Elementary School
Minnesota
Member since 2005

Actions speak louder than words and NAESP's successful advocacy on behalf of Pre-K-8 students and principals is exemplary.  NAESP's voice is sought, respected, and listened to as part of the national education reform debate in Washington, DC.  The proof is in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that provides an unprecedented number of opportunities to support the role of principals to serve as catalysts for reform and continuous improvement.

Rockwell Elementary
Rhode Island
Member since 2000

NAESP has been my go-to professional organization for the past 15 years.  The experiences I have had through my involvement in NAESP have led me to be a more informed, prepared and thoughtful Principal practitioner.  NAESP has provided me with a strong network of fellow principals and friends to learn and share with, a priceless resource!

Katy Independent School District
Texas
Member since 2015

The NAESP National Principal Mentor Program is an essential component of our District leadership development model. This structure allows experienced principals to support colleagues through reflective questioning and meaningful dialogue regarding practical leadership topics.  As a result, mentors and protégés engage in reciprocal learning experiences that strengthen instructional knowledge and leadership skills throughout the District.

Jane Ryan School
Connecticut
Member since 2006

I am a proud member of NAESP.  There is a wealth of information through publications and webinars.  I love the Report to Parents and reading Principal magazine.  it gives useful, pertinent information that I integrate right into my school and often share with my staff.  It is so important to keep current with changes in education.  NAESP gives me lots of resources at my fingertips, including a network of principals from all over.  Thanks NAESP!   

Tishomingo Elementary School
Mississippi
Member since 2008

Since I work in a small districk, I joined NAESP to network with other elementary school principals.  The ideas, advice, and friendships are priceless.

Red Trail Elementary
North Dakota
Member since 1997

I have been a member of NAESP for 20 years.  It has given me the support to know the goodness and the best for my students, staff and parents. These years have provided me with the opportunity to develop long lasting relationships, connections and gain invaluable knowledge in the education world.

Reardan Elementary School
Washington
Member since 1996

My membership and active participation in NAESP has enabled me to build relationships with colleagues across the country.  Learning together with these colleagues at the annual National Conference and the National Leaders' Conference has provided me with ongoing professional and personal development.  Building and sustaining strong personal and professional relationships through my engagement at NAESP events has been invaluable to me.

Fruitdale Elementary School
Oregon
Member since 2011

I am excited to be a member of NAESP.  As an elementary principal, this organization has not only connected me to resources, it has provided me with a network of colleagues from diverse backgrounds to work with and learn from as I continue my journey of being an elementary school principal.

Oberlin Elementary
Kansas
Member since 1996

Being a principal in a small rural district, NAESP has been my "go to" resource for the professional growth I have needed throughout my career. As a beginning principal, I used NAESP's resources and networking opportunities to support my efforts. Throughout my professional career, NAESP has followed through with its commitment to support me as a building level principal.

Grainwood Elementary
Minnesota
Member since 2003

NAESP has been a guide for my principalship the past 12 years, connecting me with resources on best practices and with colleagues implementing best practices around the country. This has all resulted in helping my school, Grainwood Elementary, earn the MN Department of Education's highest school rank, "Reward" school status, for the first time ever in 2016. So happy to be part of a school committed to collaboration and living a school culture focused on student learning.

Alice N. Stroud Elementary
California
Member since 2008

Quality instructional leadership is a byproduct of quality professional development, as well as a comprehensive and supportive professional network. NAESP provides both. Since joining NAESP, I have benefited from great professional development through its publications and conferences, and strengthened my professional network by building meaningful relationships with other elementary principals from all over the country.

Forest Lake Elementary
South Carolina
Member since 2006

NAESP membership is a treasure! You have access to a number of resources to support and enhance the principalship, such as  webinars, online learning and professional development. Also, our national conference is like no other. Join your colleagues from across the United States in Philadelphia on July 9-11, 2017. See you there!

Five Hawks Elementary
Minnesota
Member since 2002

NAESP allows me to stay connected with colleagues from around the country. I am able to stay in touch with current trends through the Principal magazine, and I know that the interests of principals across the country are being addressed through our advocacy efforts. NAESP is the national voice of principals!

Sugar Creek Consol Elementary
Indiana
Member since 2011

In my experience, NAESP has provided me opportunities to network with other principals across the nation that would not have been available otherwise. Building positive relationships with others that can help me expand my knowledge in my field is priceless. NAESP is a voice for all of us at the national level. Being involved with NAESP lets me know I can be connected and continue to develop and thrive in the field of education. 

Etna-Dixmont School
Maine
Member since 2011

Joining NAESP was a priority for me when I became a principal. The wealth of knowledge and experience that is available whenever I have a question has been invaluable. My membership has allowed me to network with principals all over the country. NAESP is the place to go when I need the most current information on issues that come up throughout the year.

Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary
Pennsylvania
Member since 2016

As a new(er) principal entering her 3rd year as a school principal, I was looking for an organization that would not only work to advocate for school administrators, but would also be a source of professional development. This year, I decided to attend the NAESP conference to strengthen my practice and performance. I knew that by improving my practice, I would improve outcomes for my students. By the end of the first day, I knew that NAESP was the right organization for me and plan to join as soon as I return to my building. Thank you for a wonderful conference!

Eagle Springs Elementary
Georgia
Member since 2008

I joined NAESP to grow professioally and to netwok with other principals outside of my state.  I have enjoyed participating in the mentoring program, the National Conference and the National Distinguished Principals program. NAESP offers relevant and timely resources to its members and provide some of the best resources and support for new and veteran administrators.

Cold Spring Elementary
Minnesota
Member since 2008

NAESP inspires me to be the best principal for the children and staff at my school. Every day I get to be the face of my school and help all children meet their potential. NAESP connects me to principal colleagues around the nation. Principal magazine shows how we can be both practitioners and researchers and share with our national colleagues in making this profession one that is respected now and in the future.

Greenwood Elementary
Minnesota
Member since 2008

Being an elementary principal is seriously the best job in the world. Connecting with other principals through Twitter, NAESP membership, and conference attendance is critical to my professional growth and relevance as a servant-leader.  As if that wasn't enough, the articles in Principal magazine are timely and transformative. 

Auburn Elementary
Georgia
Member since 2011

Being a member of NAESP has allowed me to network with elementary school leaders from around the country. Even before I became a principal, I knew the importance of building relationships with other school leaders from whom I could learn and who would know what my daily challenges are like. In addition to these relationships, the advocacy that NAESP provides at the national level is priceless. NAESP is our voice on legislative and educational issues at the national level.  

Parsley Elementary
North Carolina
Member since 2014

NAESP's National Principal Mentor Program has done more than help me mentor new principals. The coaching, listening, probing and problem solving skills that I acquired while in the program have enhanced my leadership skills. The principal mentoring experience has helped create a supportive, focused, tight-knit community of leaders that has resulted in an increase in morale and intrinsic satisfaction. Being a member of NAESP and a part of the mentoring program is definitely a professional development experience worth pursuing.

Oaktree Elementary
Michigan
Member since 2014

NAESP has helped me in so many powerful ways. When I was a new principal in Oregon, I benefited from a having the support of a principal mentor.  After moving to Michigan, I benefited from the outstanding professional development provided by NAESP and became an NAESP principal mentor this year. NAESP clearly believes in growing leaders, and they will be right alongside you all the way.

Century Park Learning Center
Michigan
Member since 1998

NAESP helps to give me a national perspective, and gives me a place to make sure my voice is heard.

William Tyson Elementary
Alaska
Member since 1990

“It has been my experience that making a connection with everyone in the field of education only strengthens one’s resolve. Becoming a member of NAESP has made that possible for me. Meeting, talking and networking, either on the phone or in person, has been very rewarding for me. In my 50 years in education, I have reached out to our local and national association and have found them to be very helpful.  I would encourage all principals to support their local and national associations and, in turn, become stronger advocates for kids.”

Hoosier Prairie Elementary
Indiana
Member since 2015

NAESP has helped me to connect and learn from some of the best leaders. I attended the NAESP National Conference this summer and it allowed me to network with many new people and gain awesome new ideas to get our year off to a great start.

Washington Elementary
Tennessee
Member since 2015

As a new principal, my membership in NAESP has allowed me to cultivate my skills through professional learning opportunities, networking with other new principals, and becoming an advocate for a diverse group of learners. Specifically, my affiliation with NAESP has helped me to clarify my personal mission as a principal and shape a vision for our school through which all students can succeed. The comprehensive input I receive allows me to view, read, engage, and practice my skills as I develop.

Randolph Elementary School
Vermont
Member since 2007

I am so excited to be the new NAESP State Rep for Vermont. I believe this will afford me the opportunity to connect with other school leaders and collaborate across state lines.  Of course, my passion is supporting children and learning, and I look forward to being part of an organization that will help expand my ability to support children at the state and federal levels.

Haynesfield Elementary
Tennessee
Member since 2012

Being a member of NAESP provides me with the latest research and best practices in the education field. This information helps me to grow as a leader. I have networked with other principals through online professional development opportunities. Being a member of NAESP is essential for any school principal.

Richard A. Shields Elementary
Delaware
Member since 2008

I am a proud NAESP member because it allows me to connect with like-minded educators to continuously improve myself and our school. Through NAESP, I am able to have a voice in important educational decisions affecting my state! Being from a small state like Delaware, I am able to collaborate directly with our Secretary of Education and advocate for our students and our profession. NAESP offers the support and professional development that I need to ensure I am relevant and connected to our students!

Jefferson Attendance Center
Illinois
Member since 2016

With the plethora of changes occurring in education, it is important to stay informed through organizations such as NAESP. It doesn't matter how long you have been in your position, there will be a new situation that you face each school year. By belonging to NAESP, you can instantly connect with other administrators for advice and collaboration.

Washington Grade School
Kansas
Member since 2014

I have found NAESP to be very helpful as I continue to grow as an administrator. While attending the last two National Leadership Conferences, I gained knowledge about federal laws and saw the effort that NAESP puts into advocating for principals at the federal level. Participating in the last two NAESP Conferences helped me to understand how things are not that different in other states as it pertains to the everyday ins and outs of being an elementary principal. NAESP has given me a real sense of the things that go into doing this job the best that I can.

T. Clay Woods Elementary
Virginia
Member since 2000

I am proud to be associated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals. I believe that NAESP is vital to ensuring that the appropriate focus and support is given to public education. NAESP and the state organizations provide much needed leadership, education and advocacy to support our schools, our students and our teachers.

Independence Elementary
Florida
Member since 2015

My favorite aspect of membership is that NAESP is the voice for our work. It is a wonderful feeling to sit down with other members and collaborate on things that matter in education. This is an organization where we can have a larger impact and elevate the principal role in closing the achievement gap for our students.

Woodside Elementary
Wisconsin
Member since 2001

I joined NAESP so that I can stay current on national trends in education. Principal magazine is a great resource for supporting the needs of my school community. I also have been fortunate to attend two NAESP National Conferences during my career. The learning and networking opportunities, without question, have made me a better leader.

Mary Williams Elementary
Virginia
Member since 2013

I joined because I was looking to learn more about my new role. I soon discovered that not only did membership help me become a better principal, it also made my school better. I became a connected educator and engaged in meaningful conversations with principals all over the country. I'm no longer feeling alone!

Hearst Elementary School
District Of Columbia
Member since 2016

I joined NAESP because I was looking for opportunities to network with and learn from school leaders across the country. I had my first opportunity to do so at the Annual Conference and came away with a notebook full of ideas on how to be a better leader and engage with my staff and school community in powerful ways.

Walnut Elementary School
Wyoming
Member since 2006

In a small state like Wyoming, principal professional development is almost nonexistent. Our state organization and NAESP provide some of the best professional development, year after year, for principals.  Additionally, the networking opportunities give principals the opportunity to learn from colleagues, and the resources that NAESP offers are great tools for principals.  Two of my personal favorites are Before the Bell and Report to Parents. I always find pertinent information to send on to colleagues or parents through these publications.

Seaton Elementary
District Of Columbia
Member since 2006

As a life-long learner, it is important for me to stay current with what is happening in education. NAESP is where I go to get the most up-to-date and meaningful information. I have greatly benefited from the national conferences, networking and Principal magazine. NAESP provides these awesome resources to help me navigate the principalship.

Retired Principal
District Of Columbia
Member since 1976

After having been a secondary school educator during the first 18 years of my career, I was significantly enlightened through NAESP resources when I became an elementary school administrator in 1976 and joined NAESP. Two of NAESP's publications, Principal magazine and Communicator, as well as the Report to Parents, were valuable tools for me. Maximize your growth and development opportunities. Make NAESP membership your priority. Don't begin your 2016-2017 year without it!

Sutherland Public School
Nebraska
Member since 2005

Joining NAESP has provided me with a plethora of opportunities and resources. Involvement at the state level as the NAESP State Representative has allowed me to grow professionally and to be an instrumental advocate for education at the state and federal levels. NAESP has provided numerous resources, such as Principal Magazine and Report to Parents, that have been great tools when working with teachers and communicating with parents. Lastly, I have had the opportunity to connect with principals from all over the United States, which has greatly enhanced my professional network.

Minneola Elementary Charter
Florida
Member since 2004

As a new principal, I am always looking for ideas for my leadership team, faculty and staff that are innovating, fresh and exciting. NAESP’s Principal magazine is the perfect resource. It enables me to connect with administrators and educators in different leadership capacities and find out what is working, as well as their thoughts and ideas on a particular topic. Principal magazine also provided me with the opportunity to become published, which has been a lifelong dream of mine. Leadership and education requires the sharing of ideas and thoughts, and Principal magazine features the latest and greatest in educational topics, ideas and thoughts.

Corte Sierra Elementary School
Arizona
Member since 1996

Joining NAESP has allowed me to grow professionally and personally beyond any measure that I would have anticipated. Becoming an NAESP Certified Principal Mentor and Coach has changed my outlook on the importance of being mentored by a senior NAESP Mentor Coach and honing my own skills to become an effective mentor on a daily basis. The professional networking and experience is second to none.

Wahlstrom Elementary
New Jersey
Member since 1998

NAESP has a meaningful seat at the legislative table where major educational and budgetary discussions take place.  I have had the opportunity to walk in the halls of Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of principals and the millions of students whom we serve. As educators and school administrators, we must continue to be vigilant and visible to ensure that we provide pertinent input in educational decisions that affect us all.  NAESP provides that opportunity.

Caldwell EOS
Tennessee
Member since 2016

As a new member of NAESP, it is empowering to meet individuals from national and international learning communities. I became a member because I believe that you must maximize your resources. With that being said, it is important that we not only acquire new information, but fundamentally understand how to apply the information acquired. Relationships are key, and I look forward to the collaborative journey ahead to effectively educate all students.