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2015 Class of National Distinquished Principals


Congratulations to our 2015 Class of National Distinguished Principals! NAESP honors the following outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators for setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

VALIC is pleased to sponsor the 2015 National Distinguished Principals Program, honoring those principals across the nation whose contributions inspire children to reach farther and higher, to build a brighter future and a better world. We are honored to be the sole sponsor of this program for the last 25 years, underscoring our commitment as a leading national provider of retirement plan services to educators, as well as to healthcare and government organizations. We would like to thank all of the honorees for their commitment to the children of their communities, and we congratulate them on their exemplary success.

Our 2015 National Distinguished Principals Program will be held Oct. 15-16, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 

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Frances R. Finney Laurie K. King
Crestline Elementary School
Mountain Brook City Schools
Mountain Brook, Alabama


Deborah D. Ollis Anita A. Stevens
Chinook Elementary School
Anchorage School District
Anchorage, Alaska


Christopher R. Barnes
Corte Sierra Elementary School
Litchfield Elementary School District
Avondale, Arizona


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Melissa L. Fink
Jones Elementary School
Springdale School District
Springdale, Arkansas
Dion J. Stevens
Southside Middle School
Southside School District
Batesville, Arkansas


Deborah D. Ollis Lisa D. Gonzales-Solomon
Lowell Elementary School
Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Ana, California


Deborah D. Ollis Jennifer Passchier
Crawford Elementary School
Aurora Public Schools
Aurora, Colorado



Alicia M. Bowman
West Woods Upper Elementary School
Farmington Public Schools
Farmington, Connecticut


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Deborah D. Ollis Charlynne J. Hopkins
John M. Clayton Elementary School
Indian River School District
Frankford, Delaware


Angela Murphy-Osborne
Palmetto Elementary School
Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Florida


Christi Hildebrand
Elm Street Elementary School
Coweta County School System
Newman, Georgia
Melanie H. Sigler
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School
Clarke County School District
Athens, Georgia


Malaea Wetzel
Haleiwa Elementary School
Central Oahu School District
Haleiwa, Hawaii


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BJ DeAustin
Garwood Elementary School
Lakeland District #272
Rathdrum, Idaho


Marsha Jones
Lost Creek Elementary School
Vigo County School District
Terre Haute, Indiana


Julie J. Trepa
Paul Norton Elementary School
Bettendorf Community School District
Bettendorf, Iowa


Kimberly G. Mitchell
Bonner Springs Elementary School
Unified School District 204
Bonner Springs, Kansas


Lynley D. Schroering
Luhr Elementary School
Jefferson County Public Schools
Louisville, Kentucky


Debbie Kay Fuller
Mansfield Elementary School
DeSoto Parish School System
Mansfield, Louisiana
Patrick Mackin
Slidell Junior High School
St. Tammany Parish School District
Slidell, Louisiana


Tracy L. Williams
W.G. Mallett School
Mt. Blue Regional School District (RSU 9)
Farmington, Maine


Carol E. Hahn
Bellows Spring Elementary School
Howard County Public School System
Ellicott City, Maryland


David N. Keim
Fred W. Miller Elementary School
Sam Placino Elementary School
Holliston School District
Holliston, Massachusetts


Jeremey M. Whan
Bemis Elementary School
Troy School District
Troy, Michigan


Mark French
Rice Lake Elementary School
Osseo Area Schools
Maple Grove, Minnesota


Kelli G. Brown
Petal Elementary School
Petal School District
Petal, Mississippi


Jasmine L. Briedwell
Lake Contrary Elementary
St. Joseph School District
St. Joseph, Missouri


W.H. Aaron Griffin
Frenchtown Elementary School
Frenchtown School District #40
Frenchtown, Montana



JoAnne K. Roberts

Grant Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Norfolk Public Schools
Norfolk, Nebraska


New Hampshire

Anna M. Parrill
Dr. Lewis F. Soule School
Salem School District
Salem, New Hampshire
Paula Southard-Stevens
Charlestown Middle School
Fall Mountain Regional School District
Charlestown, New Hampshire

New Jersey

Emil Carafa, Jr.
Washington Elementary School
Lodi School District
Lodi, New Jersey

New Mexico

Eloisa Solis
Central Elementary School
Las Cruces Public Schools
Las Cruces, New Mexico

New York

Charles A. Smilinich
Colonial Village Elementary School
Niagara Wheatfield Central School District
Niagara Falls, New York

North Carolina

Steve M. Lassiter, Jr.
Pactolus School
Pitt County Schools
Greenville, North Carolina

North Dakota

Lynn M. Wolf
Sunrise Elementary School
Bismarck Public Schools
Bismarck, North Dakota


Glen L. Stacho
Drake Elementary School
Strongsville City School District
Strongsville, Ohio


Donna J. Boles
Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School
Perkins-Tryon Public Schools
Perkins, Oklahoma


Scott W. Drue
Aloha-Huber Park K-8 School
Beaverton School District
Beaverton, Oregon


Mary Beth Grove
East York Elementary School
York Suburban School District
York, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Louise K. Seitsinger
Tiogue Elementary School
Coventry Public Schools
Coventry, Rhode Island

South Carolina

Claire D. Thompson
Lake Murray Elementary School
District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties
Chapin, South Carolina

South Dakota

Brad L. Olinger
Flandreau Elementary School
Flandreau Public Schools
Flandreau, South Dakota


Robin Pinder
Homestead Elementary School
Cumberland County School District
Crossville, Tennessee


Diane D. Gough
Hewitt Elementary School
Midway Independent School District
Hewitt, Texas


Ross G. Lunceford
Lincoln Elementary School
Ogden School District
Ogden, Utah


Kristin A. Hubert
Northwest Primary School
Rutland City Public Schools
Rutland, Vermont


Pamela R. Johnson
Falling Creek Elementary
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Richmond, Virginia


Taj R. Jensen
Tyee Park Elementary School
Clover Park School District
Lakewood, Washington

West Virginia

Elizabeth J. Moore
Pinch Elementary School
Kanawha County Schools
Elkview, West Virginia


Sandra Pelletier Mountain
Random Lake Elementary School
School District of Random Lake
Random Lake, Wisconsin


Brenda Creel
Alta Vista Elementary School
Laramie County School District #1
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Private Schools

Kristin M. Olson
First Lutheran School
Evangelical Lutheran Education Association
Torrance, California
Scott Schumacher
St. Peter's Lutheran School
Lutheran Schools of Indiana – Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Columbus, Indiana
Anne Reap
Trenton Catholic Academy Lower School
Diocese of Trenton
Hamilton, New Jersey
Philip R. Riley, Jr.
Saint Monica Catholic School
Diocese of Dallas
Dallas, Texas
Mary Pat Schlickenmaier
Saint Rita Catholic School
Diocese of Arlington
Alexandria, Virginia
Catarina Song Chen
The American School of Belo Horizonte (Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte (EABH))
The Association of American Schools in South America
Buritis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Michael Schooler
International Community School of Addis Ababa
U.S. Department of State – Office of Overseas Schools
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia