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Elementary Principal of the Year Award

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Nominations and applications for the 2019-20 Principal and 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 Principal of the Year (POY) and one statewide Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY). We'll select each state winner (one POY and one APOY) from nine regional winners – one from each ESD. 

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

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



2019 Elementary Principal of the Year

Alfonso Lopez

Mr. Alfonso Lopez was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to the United States to instill the value of education to his family. Over the past decade, Mr. Lopez's goal has been to make a difference in his students’ lives regardless of their cultural background, a complete opposite mindset than that of how he was raised. Mr. Lopez sees diversity issues as opportunities to grow. Instead of avoiding cultural diversity issues, he is proactive and seeks school improvement. He takes the opportunity to discuss difficult situations, listen to multiple perspectives, and develop next action steps, in order for his dual-language school to be more successful. He is an agent of continuous improvement to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. He manages uncertainty, risk, competing initiatives, and politics of change with courage and perseverance, providing support and encouragement and openly communicating the need for, process for, and outcomes of improvement efforts.

Watch this great video from iFiber One News about Mr. Lopez.

Alfonso Lopez
 

Alfonso Lopez
Lewis and Clark Elementary
Wenatchee Public Schools





Past Winners

View a list of past Elementary Principal of the Year winners.