Ann-Marie Gleason, Ed.D.

Principal, Harpeth Valley Elementary School
Nashville, Tennesee

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Candidate Statement

NAESP – Equipping Leaders with a Foundation for Success

Nelson Mandela spoke to the transformative power of education when he stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As principals, we are the primary catalyst for creating a positive learning environment where all students can build a firm foundation for success.

One of the best decisions I made when I began my administrative career 19 years ago was to join NAESP and TPA.  I was fortunate to serve as the Zone 4 Director of NAESP from 2019-2022, which allowed me the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of how NAESP provides the supports necessary for leaders to grow to their fullest potential. 

If selected as the Vice President of NAESP, I commit to supporting, empowering, and connecting with NAESP members through the following actions:

Support:  Supporting state level organizations’ success as they grow their NAESP membership base; Advocating on behalf of our principals on Capitol Hill

Empower: Identifying challenges that principals face and providing guidance and professional development to increase principals’ confidence to courageously lead their school communities (though professional learning opportunities, publications, on-line NAESP resources)

Connect:  Recognizing and sharing best practices from each state organization so that we continue to refine our craft as both building level administrators and as leaders in our national/ state organization

School administrators make an infinite number of decisions every day, impacting the lives of the thirty-five million children enrolled in our nation’s elementary and middle schools.  The advocacy of NAESP elevates the collective voice of America’s principals, ensuring that all stakeholders have a clear understanding of the challenges and celebrations that take place in our schools every day.

If selected to serve as Vice President of NAESP, I would work collaboratively with the NAESP Board of Directors, NAESP staff, and state leaders to continue to propel our organization forward by focusing on the following key issues:

  • Strengthening proactive mental health supports for students and staff
  • Empowering school communities to mitigate barriers that negatively impact student success – including poverty, access to resources, and school safety
  • Connecting aspiring principals to mentorship opportunities that continue throughout their first three years in educational leadership
  • Advocating for all schools to have equitable and adequate funding, including the continuity of academic and emotional supports previously funded by ESSER

I am grateful for the firm foundation of effective leadership practices that NAESP provides to school leaders. NAESP’s intentional support, empowerment, and connection has contributed to my growth and success as a school leader.  It would be an honor to serve as the Vice President of NAESP.