Inside AWSP

High School 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 High School Principal of the Year

Jason Smith

As principal of John R. Rogers for five years, Mr. Smith and his staff have adopted an "AP For All" philosophy, believing that all students should experience the rigor of an Advanced Placement class. This has increased the number of students taking AP exams by more than 30%. Mr. Smith also fully believes that one of the most important things he can do as a principal is to hire great teachers. Mr. Smith writes, "I have become very aggressive in hiring. I've come to embrace the philosophy that it is 'people not programs' that make a difference."

Assistant Principal Anne Hoban says, “Governor John R. Rogers is not only home to the most ethnically diverse population in the Puyallup School District, but also houses many targeted programs for Special Needs Students, such as the self-contained KITE (Behavior Program), Support Center (which includes a range of special needs students from intellectually disabled to medically fragile students) as well as our school district WRAP Program (which educates all students on the Autism Spectrum in our school district). Jason Smith is intricately involved in each of these programs, ensuring these students have equal access to general education programs when appropriate, as well as working one-on-one with families when behaviors create a barrier to access.”

Jason Smith Headshot

 

Jason Smith
Gov. John R. Rogers High School
Puyallup School District





Selection Process

National level

The state winner becomes eligible for the National Principal of the Year award. Three high school finalists are selected from the pool of state winners and compete for the award in Washington, D.C. The NASSP National Principal of the Year receives a $5,000 grant for use in improving learning at their school.

The national honorees are distinguished guests at the Principals’ Institute in Washington, D.C., in October and at the NASSP Conference in the spring. Each national winner also receives a crystal award and banner to display at his or her school.



Past Winners

View a list of past High School Principal of the Year winners.