Assistant Principals Week

NAESP celebrates National Assistant Principals Week April 8-12, 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.

Click on the tabs below to find out how to celebrate National Assistant Principals Week.


This year for National Assistant Principals Week, NAESP is featuring a webinar on time management for APs. This fast-paced, multitasking position requires impeccable interaction with other educators, students, and parents–all while managing deadlines, working toward goals, and still maintaining a personal life. Join your fellow APs for this virtual experience and refine your leadership skills to better serve in the AP position.

Register now for the AP webinar "Time Management: The Personal and Professional Life of an AP" on Tuesday, April 9 at 3 p.m. ET.

After that, we'll be hosting another AP webinar, "Helping Children Become Summer Bookworms," on Monday, May 6 at 3 p.m. ET. Learn more and register on our NAESP Webinars page. 

Webinar Archives

Looking for other AP webinars? We've got plenty available in our NAESP Webinar Archives. Here are three recent AP webinars to check out. 


Use these resources during National Assistant Principals Week (and year-round) to help encourage, inspire, and recognize assistant principals who do amazing work:

Social Media During #APWeek19

Twitter Chat

Join other APs in a Twitter conversation using #NAESPchat and #APWeek19 on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. ET to discuss ways to maximize the role of APs. Together, we'll look at ways to better manage time, build on instructional leadership practices, collaborate efficiently with principals and teacher leaders, and much more.

Sample Social Media Posts

Use these sample social media posts and share #APWeek19 with your friends and colleagues:


  • National Assistant Principals Week is April 8-12! Recognize your favorite APs for their contributions to your schools success during #APWeek19 and year-round. @NAESP #APWeek19
  • Celebrate APs for all the work they do during National Assistant Principals Week! Honor your favorite AP with these @NAESP resources, social media graphics, and spotlight videos to show how much you appreciate them! #APWeek19
  • It’s National Assistant Principals Week! this @NAESP #LeadingLessons guide with your APs to maximize the AP role in your school! #APWeek19
  • It's National Assistant Principals Week! APs are such an important asset to schools, and you appreciate everything they do. So share with your PLN how they help you, your students, and your teachers in their leadership roles. @NAESP #APWeek19
  • Join @NAESP @NASSP and @AFSAUnion as they honor assistant principals this week during #APWeek19. Find resources on how your school can celebrate your favorite APs for all their hard work: #APWeek19


  • This National Assistant Principals Week, celebrate assistant principals for all the work they! Honor your favorite APs by using @NAESP resources, social media graphics, and spotlight videos to show how much you appreciate them! #APWeek19
  • National Assistant Principals Week is April 8-12! Recognize your favorite APs for their contributions to your schools success during #APWeek19 and year-round. Use @NAESP resources, social media graphics, and spotlight videos to celebrate! #APWeek19

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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.

2017 – 2018 Winners

Click on the names below to read their best practices.

Laura Tate
Edgewood Elementary School
Homewood, Alabama

Mark Rash
Angie Grant Elementary School
Benton, Arkansas

Bill Hesford
Bayfield Elementary School
Bayfield, Colorado

Joseph Macrino
Lewin G. Joel Jr. Elementary School
Clinton, Connecticut

Equetta Jones
Highlands Elementary School
Wilmington, Delaware

Robin Neal
Johns Creek Elementary School
Suwanee, Georgia

Dr. Jeff Kelly
Upson-Lee Middle School
Thomaston, Georgia

Cecile LaMar
Makaha Elementary School
Waianae, Hawaii

Melissa Freistat
Pocomoke Elementary School
Pokomoke, Maryland

Elise DuBois
Palmer River Elementary School
REhoboth, Massachusetts

Tracy L. Sexton-Oliver
Bluff View Elementary School
Lake City, Minnesota

Rigel Painter
Hollingsworth STEAM Academy
Las Vegas, Nevada

Jerrod D. Roberts
A.D. Olver Middle School
Brockport, New York

Brian K. Lyons
Wilson Elementary School
Cincinnati, Ohio

Stephanie D. Farmer
Tinicum School
Essington, Pennsylvania

Shelly Archuleta Smith
Andrew Jackson Elementary School
Old Hickory, Tennessee

Jessica Melendez-Carrillo
Congressman Silvestre & Carolina Reyes School
El Paso, Texas


Kaitlyn M. Engelmeier-Foor
Mary G. Porter Traditional School
Woodbridge, Virginia

Janel O. Scurlock
Pinedale Elementary School
Pinedale, Wyoming


Past Winners:

Video Spotlight Your Favorite AP

NAESP would like to hear from you! Use your smartphone and record a 30 second to 1 minute video, telling us how much you appreciate the vital role your favorite AP plays at your school! Upload the final video to social media and remember to use #APWeek19 and tag @NAESP on Twitter and Facebook and @thenaesp on Instagram.