Assistant Principals Professional Learning Community

Schools and districts need strong assistant principals (APs), who work tirelessly to support student learning and to keep schools running smoothly. NAESP supports APs through networks, custom resources and professional learning opportunities, and recognition programs.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about how NAESP supports assistant principals. 

Assistant Principal PLC

NAESP’s APs Rising is a national professional learning community for assistant principals. It is the only national program dedicated to gathering assistant principals, learning their experiences, and providing custom resources and professional learning activities to grow leadership capacity.

Interested in joining NAESP's PLC for assistant principals? Click here. (This opportunity is reserved for NAESP members.)


Here’s a sample of NAESP’s custom resources for assistant principals.

National Outstanding Assistant Principals

NAESP is committed to preparing APs to step into the principal role. That's why we honor stellar APs through the National Outstanding Assistant Principals Award Program.

2018 – 2019 Winners

Click on the names below to read their best practices.

Barry Wood 
Straughn Elementary and Middle Schools
Andalusia, Alabama

Eric Conrad
Chapel Street School
Stratford, Connecticut

Brittney Mobley
Richmond Hill Elementary School
Richmond Hill, Georgia

Marlo Leatherwood
Harlem Middle School
Harlem, Georgia

Michael Sugano
Kawananakoa Middle School
Honolulu, Hawaii

Connie Stahler
Laurel Woods Elementary School
Laurel, Maryland

Erin Sousa
Tyngsborough Elementary School
Tyngsborough, Massachusetts

Andrew Lindsay
Owen Intermediate School
Belleville, Michigan

John Awsumb
Bay View Elementary School
Duluth, Minnesota

Marché Phillips
Chickasaw Elementary School
Olive Branch, Mississippi

Deborah Young Yock
Kitty Ward Elementary School
Las Vegas, Nevada

Samantha Buchholz
Cornwall Central Middle School
Cornwall, New York

Brittany Holland
William R. Davie Elementary School
Mocksville, North Carolina

Scott Astey
Wilcox Primary School
Twinsburg, Ohio

Brian Smith
Ore Valley and York Township Elementary Schools
York, Pennsylvania

Frederick Hewitt
DuPont Hadley Middle School
Old Hickory, Tennessee

Amy Steward
E.C. Brice Elementary School
Mount Pleasant, Texas

Deborah Ellis
Minnieville Elementary School
Woodbridge, Virginia

Shelley Ramirez
Thompson Elementary School
Tacoma, Washington


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AP Week

NAESP celebrates National Assistant Principals Week April 6-10, 2020, as we recognize the significant role assistant principals (APs) play in the overall academic achievement of students nationwide. In collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators, we will honor the impact assistant principals have on the success of schools across the country.