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Middle Level 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 Middle Level Principal of the Year

Guy Kovacs

Mr. Guy Kovacs was named this year’s Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year, and was also chosen to move forward as Washington state’s nominee for the National Association of Secondary School Principals  (NASSP) competition for National Principal of the Year. Having been a school administrator for 19 years (with six of those being at Kalles), Mr. Kovacs has a wealth of leadership knowledge and experience. In every building he has served, he has worked to create a culture that is centered on students. Mr. Kovacs believes that one of the best ways to help students is to help teachers. He has focused on providing effective professional development in areas like strong first-instruction, data-based decision-making, effective RTI efforts, and more. Mr. Kovacs believes schools should be fun and that students should have tons of options to be involved.
 

Guy Kovacs

 

Guy Kovacs
Kalles Junior High
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 past Middle Level Principal of the Year award winners.