June 25, 2012
Contact: Linda Farmer, APR | Director of
Association of Washington School Principals
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OSPI’s Michaela Miller Earns AWSP’s
She earned the award for her work on the new Teacher Principal
OLYMPIA – Association of
Washington School Principals President Jim Rudsit today honored Michaela
Miller with the 2012 AWSP President’s Award.
Miller manages the Teacher Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) for the
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The Olympia resident earned the award for her efforts in
advancing TPEP, which was created by the Washington State Legislature in
“Michaela didn’t have an easy job,” said Rudsit,
who is principal at Purdy Elementary (Peninsula School District).
“She had to get a whole host of different education
organizations—some with competing interests—to work together
for a common goal. We’ve come far since the original legislation
and she’s the main reason,” he said.
The President’s Award is given to a person outside the
association who has advocated on behalf of principals and the
principalship in Washington state.
Miller was one of the state’s first 100 National Board
Certified teachers. Five years ago she moved from her teaching and
department chair position at River Ridge High School in the North
Thurston School District to head up OSPI’s National Board
Certification for Teachers program. Under her leadership, Washington has
become one of the country’s top producers of nationally certified
teachers. And it is very much due to her influence that Washington state
was chosen as a pilot for the National Board Certification for
Two years ago, she was chosen to lead TPEP for OSPI. Under her
tenure, she has advanced this revolutionary new evaluation process that
will result in a more growth-oriented system for principals and
About the Association of Washington School
The Association of Washington School Principals is a professional
association serving principals, assistant principals and principals in
training. Formed in 1972, the association now includes more than 3,400
members from public and private elementary, middle and high schools
statewide. It is governed by a board of practicing principals drawn from
three grade-specific boards representing the elementary, middle and high
school levels. For more information, visit www.awsp.org.