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Assistant Principal of the Year Award



Nominations and applications for the 2019-20 Assistant Principal of the Year are open.

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, AWSP will no longer select state-level winners at each grade level. Instead, we'll name one statewide Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY). We'll select the state winner from nine regional winners – one from each ESD. 

Two regional/ESD winners will represent Washington as our national representative. Those four representative positions are are:

  • Washington's nominee for the National Assistant Principal of the Year from the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Washington's representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals for their National Outstanding Assistant Principal Program
The Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year will become the representative for their national component (NASSP or NAESP). The remaining position will be filled from the highest scoring regional/ESD winners who did not win the statewide Assistant Principal of the Year. 

2019 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year: Shelley Ramirez

Congratulations to Shelley Ramirez, the 2019 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year! Ms. Shelly Ramirez is an outstanding leader, motivator and coalition builder. In her four years as assistant principal at Thompson Elementary School (Bethel SD), she has been instrumental in supporting staff, parents and students with placing a focus on learning. She brings people together around a shared goal and allows them to solve problems as a group that no one of them could solve individually. Ms. Ramirez thrives in building relationships with people, knowing that a good relationship is the catalyst to creating meaningful work and outcomes. She genuinely cares about people's well-being. She is visible in the community by interacting with students and families at events, sports, and community activities.
Shelley Ramirez

2019 Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year: Lacey Griffiths

Congratulations to Lacey Griffiths, the 2019 Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year! Ms.Griffiths has been the assistant principal at RA Long High School (Longview SD) for the past seven years. She has worked hard during this time to develop strong relationships with her teachers, and believes these relationships allows her to push teachers gently out of their comfort zone and question their "whys." She aims to be on the forefront of anything implemented or adopted in order to be able to assist teachers, and seeks professional development around students' needs. She writes, "Whether it be attending Autism trainings, ELL training, trauma training, etc., it is critical that I have the skill set to assist teachers in assisting our students." Principal Rich Reeves says that Ms. Griffiths is highly deserving of this award because of her, “unwavering commitment to the growth and success of every student in our building.”

Past Winners