Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year

The Washington State Elementary Principal of Year award recognizes elementary school principals who show a commitment to excellence through the academic and social programs they foster and the family and community ties they forge. To be eligible for this award, an individual must be currently serving as a principal and have a minimum five years’ experience.


Selection Process:

Regional and state level: To be eligible for the Elementary School Principal of the Year, an individual must first be selected as a Regional Distinguished Principal. Each year, the Board of Directors of the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington chooses 18 principals as regional winners, one from each of the state’s service areas. 

The regional winners are honored at a breakfast event held in conjunction with the Summer Conference. From this group of 18 principals, the state winner is selected by a panel.

The Washington state winner becomes a National Distinguished Principal as part of a program sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and VALIC. National Distinguished Principals are recognized at an awards banquet each year in Washington, D.C.

National level: There is no national winner at the elementary level.

Nominate a Principal

Watch for details about nominating a principal for the 2018 awards.

Download the award timeline.

For More Information

Ron Sisson | Director of Principal Support and Elementary Programs | 800.562.6100