Brian K. Partin

NAESP’s 2017-2018 President

Brian K. Partin is the elected president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, which represents pre-K–8 educators in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP is led by Board members who are practicing principals and are actively involved in shaping the long-term impact of school improvement efforts.


Brian K. Partin began his education career as a teacher in 1998. He currently serves as principal of Ross N. Robinson Middle School in Kingsport, Tennessee. He previously served as principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary, principal of Crieve Hall Elementary, and assistant principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary.

Partin became a member of NAESP in 2003, and has supported the organization in various capacities since. He was a member of the NAESP Bylaws Review Committee from 2012–2013, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. He has also contributed in multiple roles to the Tennessee Principals Association, including serving as President from 2009–2011.

In addition to his work with these associations, Partin is actively engaged in his community and has been recognized for his professional accomplishments. In 2013 he was given the Tennessee Principals Association Meritorious Award, and he has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) to the 2017 Board of Examiners.

“Too often, principals are forced to address a multitude of needs with just a handful of resources. Do more with less—this is a statement that rings true for many schools across our nation,” said Partin. “In order to continue to meet the demands of the communities we serve, principals need to know that their professional organization is a strong, powerful advocate for them as we serve in America’s schools.”