Dean M. Warrenfeltz
Candidate for President-Elect

Supporting Principals for Better Schools

I seek to serve NAESP as President-Elect because my experiences with NAESP have made me a better principal. When I am a better principal, I help my teachers to be better teachers and my school becomes a better school. Ultimately, this has an impact on the students we serve. They are the reason that we are in this business. I choose to serve NAESP to be a part of providing opportunities for thousands of principals to become better principals, to help their teachers and schools improve, and to improve the educational lives of hundreds of thousands of kids.

As a member of the Board leadership, I will focus on three areas: maintaining NAESP’s strong voice for the principalship on the national level, ensuring that NAESP continues to be the best resource for our members for professional development, and continuing the progress that we have made toward improving NAESP’s financial standing.

NAESP’s advocacy program has progressed from knocking on doors to try to be heard to being invited to be at the table in the formative phase of new legislation, policy, and procedures. We must cultivate the relationships that have been built on Capitol Hill and with the United States Department of Education. We must also build on collaborative efforts with other education associations including AASA and NASSP—uniting our voices politically while carefully maintaining and protecting our primary purpose of being the national voice for elementary and middle-level principals.

Professional resources provided by NAESP have continued to improve. Online publications, webinars, and Principal magazine keep members updated on the latest educational trends, policies, research, and best practices. The “crown jewel” in all of this is the NAESP National Conference—Best Practices for Better Schools. We must continue the efforts to provide the best professional development and resources, and be willing to take the risks, such as piloting a summer conference, to make these programs more accessible to our members.

NAESP’s leadership must continue to make sound financial decisions to strengthen our fiscal standing. I am committed to building on the cash reserve that we have established so that NAESP is able to rest assured that we will survive any future financial crisis. At the same time we must continue to work with state affiliates to support each other in efforts to grow membership. 

NAESP has a proud history of supporting and advocating for elementary and middle-level principals. As President-Elect I will do my best to honor that tradition by being a strong voice for principals and public schools, ensuring that we continue to provide the best staff development available and making decisions that help us remain financially sound.

It would be an honor to serve you, the members of NAESP, as your President-Elect.

Dean M. Warrenfeltz
Principal, Winchester Avenue School
Martinsburg, West Virginia

Professional Experience: Principal, Winchester Avenue School, 2006-present — Principal, Burke Street School, 2000-2006 — Hedgesville High School, 1991-2000 (Principal, 1998-2000; Assistant Principal, 1991-1998) — Music Teacher, Martinsburg South Middle School, 1982-1991

Professional Affiliations: NAESP, 1999-present (Board of Directors, Zone 3 Director, 2010-2013; West Virginia State Representative, 2008-2010; Nominations Committee, 2009; West Virginia Federal Relations Coordinator, 1997-2008) — West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals, 1999-present (President, 2006-2008; President-Elect, 2005-2006; Vice President, 2004-2005) — Berkeley County Principal’s Association (President, 2002-2004; Vice President, 2004-2005)

Professional Honors: National Distinguished Principal, 2009 — Title I Distinguished School (Winchester Avenue School), 2005-2009 — West Virginia School of Excellence (Burke Street School), 2001 — Title I Distinguished School (Burke Street School), 2001-2002

Civic/Community Honors: Otterbein United Methodist Church, 1990-present (Council Member 1991-1994; Choir Director, 1988-1992; Children’s Department Director, 1995-1998 and 2011-present; Middle School Sunday School Teacher, 2000-2008; Contemporary Service Music Leader, 2010-present) — Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 120, Member, 1980-present — Elks Lodge 778, Member, 1992-present

Education: M.A., Educational Administration, West Virginia University, 1989; B.A., Music Education, Frostburg State University, 1977