2019 National Distinguished Principals®

Congratulations to our 2019 Class of National Distinguished Principals! NAESP honors the following outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators for setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staff in their learning communities.

Learn more about the NDP program here.

The 2019 NDP Program is sponsored, in part, by:


Public Schools

Michael V. Wilson
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Michael V. Wilson

Glen Iris Elementary School
Alabama
Douglas F. Gray
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Douglas F. Gray

Anchorage PAIDEIA Cooperative School
Alaska
Karen K. Coleman
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Karen K. Coleman

Boulder Creek Elementary School
Arizona
Shelly R. Poage
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Shelly R. Poage

John Tyson Elementary School
Arkansas (Elementary)
Gina Richard
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Gina Richard

Star City Middle School
Arkansas (Middle)
Robert C. Effa Jr.
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Robert C. Effa Jr.

Grant Elementary School
California
Lorynda J. Sampson
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Lorynda J. Sampson

Northridge Elementary School
Colorado
Alicia Sweet Dawe
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Alicia Sweet Dawe

West Vine Street School
Connecticut
Kirsten S. Jennette
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Kirsten S. Jennette

Blades Elementary School
Delaware
Tracy McLaughlin
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Tracy McLaughlin

Discovery Oaks Elementary School
Florida
Richard L. Bazemore
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Richard L. Bazemore

Thomas G. Scott Elementary School
Georgia (Elementary)
Connie S. Stovall
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Connie S. Stovall

Dawson County Junior High School
Georgia (Middle)
Stacie SG Kunihisa
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Stacie SG Kunihisa

Kanoelani Elementary School
Hawaii
Tim Lowe
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Tim Lowe

William Howard Taft Elementary School
Idaho
Michael J. Merritt
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Michael J. Merritt

Gardner Grade School
Illinois
Mark B. Heiden
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Mark B. Heiden

Creekside Elementary School
Indiana
Candace A. Lynch
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Candace A. Lynch

Johnson STEAM Academy
Iowa
Eric J. Sacco
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Eric J. Sacco

Clifton-Clyde Grade and Middle School
Kansas
Derrick P. Harris
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Derrick P. Harris

Bell Elementary School
Kentucky
Clay Gleason
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Clay Gleason

Hollis Elementary School
Maine
Edward C. Cosentino
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Edward C. Cosentino

Clemens Crossing Elementary School
Maryland
Linda A. Balfour
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Linda A. Balfour

H. Olive Day School
Massachusetts
Glenn J. Gualtieri
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Glenn J. Gualtieri

Bailey Lake Elementary School
Michigan
Eric M. Skanson
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Eric M. Skanson

Cold Spring Elementary School
Minnesota
Lee C. Pambianchi
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Lee C. Pambianchi

Northshore Elementary School
Mississippi
Lance C. McClard
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Lance C. McClard

North Elementary and Millerville Attendance Center
Missouri
Marlin K. Lewis
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Marlin K. Lewis

Hamilton Middle School
Montana
Kris T. Friesen
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Kris T. Friesen

York Elementary School
Nebraska
Amy Negrete
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Amy Negrete

Marion Cahlan Elementary School
Nevada
Molly McCarthy
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Molly McCarthy

Riddle Brook School
New Hampshire
Pamela M. Hernandez
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Pamela M. Hernandez

John F. Kennedy Elementary School
New Jersey
Melissa S. Galaz
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Melissa S. Galaz

Sonoma Elementary School
New Mexico
Doreen J. McSain
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Doreen J. McSain

Glenwood Elementary School
New York (Elementary)
David P. Dunn
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David P. Dunn

Martha Brown Middle School
New York (Middle)
Melissa P. Fields
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Melissa P. Fields

Perquimans Central School
North Carolina
Dave Steckler
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Dave Steckler

Red Trail Elementary School
North Dakota
Patti M. Schlaegel
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Patti M. Schlaegel

Granby Elementary School
Ohio
Cathey A. Bugg
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Cathey A. Bugg

Heritage Elementary School
Oklahoma
Kourtney K. Ferrua
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Kourtney K. Ferrua

Wascher Elementary School
Oregon
Kristopher M. Vancas
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Kristopher M. Vancas

Benner Elementary School
Pennsylvania
Patricia A. Cousineau
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Patricia A. Cousineau

Warwick Neck School
Rhode Island
Rhonda Rhodes
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Rhonda Rhodes

Taylors Elementary School
South Carolina
Matt Alley
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Matt Alley

West Central Elementary School
South Dakota
Stacy D. Edwards
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Stacy D. Edwards

Andrew Johnson Elementary School
Tennessee (Elementary)
Brian K. Partin
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Brian K. Partin

Ross N. Robinson Middle School
Tennessee (Middle)
Christal Calhoun
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Christal Calhoun

Tool Elementary School
Texas
David G. Pendergast
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David G. Pendergast

Vae View Elementary School
Utah
George R. Dustin-Eichler
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George R. Dustin-Eichler

Dothan Brook School
Vermont
Nathaniel R. Provencio
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Nathaniel R. Provencio

Minnieville Elementary School
Virginia
Alfonso C. López
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Alfonso C. López

Lewis and Clark Elementary
Washington
John E. Jorden
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John E. Jorden

Ritchie Elementary School
West Virginia (Elementary)
Deborah L. Starr
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Deborah L. Starr

Kermit 6-8 Middle School
West Virginia (Middle)
Michele M. Trawicki
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Michele M. Trawicki

Marcy Elementary School
Wisconsin
Keri L. Shannon
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Keri L. Shannon

Stocktrail Elementary School
Wyoming

Private Schools

Tammy Kirkpatrick
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Tammy Kirkpatrick

First Lutheran School
California (Private)
Habeeb M. Quadri
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Habeeb M. Quadri

MCC Academy
Illinois (Private)
Matt R. Grosser
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Matt R. Grosser

St. Mary School
Kentucky (Private)
Jack V. Nelson
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Jack V. Nelson

St. George Catholic School
Louisiana (Private)
Deborah C. O’Neil
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Deborah C. O’Neil

St. Bernadette School
Massachusetts (Private)

Department of State, Overseas Schools

Paola Torres de Pereira
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Paola Torres de Pereira

Academia Cotopaxi, American International School
Ecuador
Rebecca D. Jobes
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Rebecca D. Jobes

International School of Panama
Panama