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.

For more information, contact Nikki Sparks at

2019-2020 NOAP Winners:

Click on the names below to read their best practices.

Joanna Taylor 
Troy Elementary School
Troy, Alabama

Kari Kinne
Leverett Elementary School
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Jimmy King
L.M. Goza Middle School
Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Garrett Dukette
Ashford School
Ashford, Connecticut

Equetta Jones 
Highlands Elementary School
Wilmington, Delaware

Marla Turpin
Roopville Elementary School
Roopville, Georgia

William "Larry" Cobb
Dawson County Jr. High School
Dawsonville, Georgia

Michele Holsomback
Lana'i High & Elementary School
Lana'i, Hawaii

Derrick Jordan 
Prichard Elementary School
Grayson, Kentucky

Casey Cheramie
Galliano Elementary School
Galliano, Louisiana

Tricia Campbell
Boothbay Region Elementary School
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Andrea Thompson
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones Elementary School
Adelphi, Maryland

Evan Winkler 
Ring Lardner Middle School
Niles, Michigan

Ashley Farrington
Wayzata Central Middle School
Plymouth, Minnesota

Amy Cobb
Walls Elementary School
Walls, Mississippi

Dina Meyer
E.W. Griffith Elementary School
Las Vegas, Nevada

Nathan Saddler
Adeline C. Marston School
Hampton, New Hampshire

Dena Russo
Red Bank Primary School
Red Bank, New Jersey

Mark Warford
Bethlehem Central Middle School
Delmar, New York

Gregory Mitchell
Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary School
Durham, North Carolina

Amy Haynes
Clear Run Intermediate School
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania

Twanisha Garner
Langford Elementary School
Blythewood, South Carolina

Amy Via
Glencliff Elementary School
Nashville, Tennessee

Jana White
John H. Cherry Elementary School
Bay City, Texas

Wayne Culley
Meadowlark Elementary School
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jennifer Haws
Glenwood Elementary School
Virginia Beach, Virginia



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