Inside AWSP

Middle Level Principal of the Year Award


About the Middle Level Principal of the Year

2019 was the last year AWSP selected state principals of the year by grade level (elementary, middle, high). Want to know more about the new process and/or nominate someone? Head to the POY page. 

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.