Inside AWSP

Assistant Principal of the Year Award

The Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year honor alternates yearly between a middle level principal (selected by the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals) and a high school principal (selected by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals).


A winner for 2019 has been chosen! Watch for details about our 2020 nomination window. If you'd like to be notified when nominations are open again, email David.

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.”

The Selection Process

Regional Distinguished Assistant Principals

The selection process begins at the regional level. Outstanding assistant principals are nominated from throughout Washington state for the Regional Distinguished Assistant Principal honor.

State Assistant Principal of the Year

Regional winners compete at the state level through a rigorous application process. (Award packets are sent to winners automatically.) The winner is announced each fall.

National Assistant Principal of the Year

The winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense, go on to compete at the national level. The National Association of Secondary School Principals, in conjunction with Virco, Inc., chooses three finalists for the National Assistant Principal of the Year.

Past Winners

Recent Winners

Tami Skillingstad (2018)
Ricardo Iñiguez (2017)
Clint Williams (2016)
Gail Danner (2015)
Ann Buswell (2014)
Ray Picicci (2013) 
Chanda Oatis (2012)
Jerry Warren (2011)
Dale Stopperan (2010)