David A. Naylor Jr.
Principal, Model Laboratory School
One of my favorite aspects of education is that no two days are alike. While constantly adjusting to new laws, curriculum, standards, tests, safety protocols, political influences, and staffing and physical shortages, we are provided the opportunity to show our fortitude, creativity, and desire to ensure all students and staff are successful. To say the last couple of years have been the most difficult in our education careers might be an understatement, but actions, collaboration, and dedication to our craft we were and continue to be heroic. Taking on these opportunities alone can have a wearing effect on any hero, therefore, it is important now more than ever to have an organization that provides the ability to bounce ideas off of peers, discuss concerns and build friendships.
Ever since I have joined NAESP, I have been blessed by learning from some of the brightest minds our nation has to offer and that has helped me to better serve the students and families in my school community. I have learned more from the casual conversations at NDP or at the NAESP National Conference than I have from professional development or college courses. Listening to the stories of colleagues who have faced adversities and challenges and came out with students excelling academically, socially, and emotionally is a priceless opportunity for professional growth.
During the past couple of years and for years to come the impact of a global pandemic on education will be felt. It will be the school principals who will be able to support, influence, and inspire their students and staff to overcome changes in pedagogy, budget deficits, and the demands on ensuring the mental and emotional wellbeing of students and faculty. As school leaders, we will be called upon to advocate for the needs of our schools through local, state, and federal avenues, and NASEP has provided our members with the resources to do this.
I have had the honor to serve on the NASEP Board of Directors while witnessing the challenges this pandemic has caused. Through great leadership from our officers, NAESP staff, and the board they continue to stay on a mission to advocate and support elementary and middle school principals in their goal to provide the best educational experience for all children.
I’m truly blessed and honored to be the elementary principal at Model Laboratory School and to work with a group of dedicated educational leaders who improve and develop instructional practices for every student, no matter what diverse background they come from. It is always humbling to work with such a dedicated group of educators, and I would feel extremely humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve you as the NAESP Vice President.
- Rank I, Education Leadership, Eastern Kentucky University, 2021
- M.Ed., Education Leadership, University of South Florida, 2008
- BS, Kindergarten and Elementary Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
- Principal, Model Laboratory School, Richmond, KY, 2018-Present
- Assistant Principal, St. Cloud Elementary, St. Cloud, FL, 2015-2018
- Assistant Principal, Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts, Kissimmee, FL, 2012-2015
- Elementary Teacher, School District of Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, 2005-2012
- Marine, United State Marine Corps, Multiple Locations, 1995-1999 and 2001-2002
- NAESP, Professional Learning Advisor Council, 2021-Present
- NAESP, Membership Committee, 2021-Present
- NAESP, Zone 5 Director, 2019-2021
- KAESP, 2019-Present
- SPSEA, Vice President, Pennsylvania State University Chapter, 2004-2005
- AVID Showcase School, St. Cloud Elementary, 2018
- Florida Alliance for Arts Education, Arts Model School, Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts, 2013-2016