NDPs Honored at the National Archives

The two-day celebration for this year’s National Distinguished Principals kicked off Thursday evening with a reception at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Hailing from public and private schools around the country, the sixty 2012 National Distinguished Principals (NDPs) dressed to impress, posing for photos at dusk on the steps of the Archives. At the reception, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, principals had the opportunity to meet their fellow honorees and unwind from a day of travel and orientation sessions. The NDPs also explored the venerable, marble halls of the Archives, including the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, home of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

“Thanks NAESP for a memorable evening at the National Archives!” tweeted Christina Melton, principal of Nursery Road Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina. “Appreciating history while celebrating the present!”

NAESP President Mark Terry agreed. “What a great venue in which to honor principals!” he said.

See the slideshow below for photos of the NDPs as they attended orientation.

Each year during National Principals Month, NAESP honors elementary and middle-level administrators who have gone above and beyond for their school communities, setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs. Read about each state’s honorees here.