National Outstanding Assistant Principals Award Program

The National Association of Elementary School Principals is committed to preparing assistant principals to step into the principal role. We want to honor assistant principals who are doing a superb job in their roles. This program promotes educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (Pre-K-8) schooling and calls attention to the fundamental importance of the assistant principal. NAESP will share their successes and best practices in a practical document for other principals to utilize.



1. Candidate is a member of NAESP, an active assistant principal, has been an active assistant principal for at least two years, and will be an active assistant principal at time of nomination.
2. Demonstrates exceptional leadership in a particular school program; is respected by students, colleagues, parents, and the community at large; and sets high expectations for school staff and students.

1. NAESP state affiliates will select a representative for their states from nominations by peers.
2. NAESP will prepare and forward a certificate when the honoree is selected and NAESP has received the application.
3. NAESP will solicit and showcase their best practices in a document to be disseminated to all NAESP members.

1. The 2019-20 program will begin September 1, 2019, and be completed by March 27, 2020.

*UPDATE: Due to the rapidly spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the temporary closure of many school districts across the country, NAESP has decided to extend the deadline for 2020 NOAP nominee submissions to Friday, April 24.


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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, TN

Amy Stewart
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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