Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year

RIASP selects its RI Assistant Principal of the Year from among all eligible assistant principals K-12.  Should the winner be a secondary member, he/she will be recognized by RIASP and NASSP.  Should the winner be an elementary member, he/she will be recongized by RIASP and NAESP.

The Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year is also eligible for National recognition. The NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum and personalization. The NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year Award honors Assistant Principals in Elementary and Middle School Leadership.

Assistant Principals with at least 3 years experience at the elementary, middle, or high school level and who are active members of RIASP (for 3 years) and NAESP or NASSP are eligible for nomination.  Anyone may nominate an eligible assistant principal – a superintendent, a principal, a teacher, a parent, a student.


Assistant Principal of the Year 

2007 - Lucille Delasanta - North Providence High School

2008 - John LaFauci - Ricci Middle School

2009 - Kim Granato - Birchwood Middle School

2010 - Jaime Crowley - Mt. Hope High School

2011 - Christen Magill - North Providence High School

2012 - Jason Masterson - North Cumberland Middle School

2013 - Renee Palazzo - Smithfield High School

2014 - Brooke Macomber - Coventry High School 

2015 - Kenneth J. Hopkins,Jr.-Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School

2016 - Joseph Porrazzo - Ponaganset Middle School 

2017 - Jonathan Mendelsohn - Central High School 

2018 - John Fontaine - Cranston High School West

2019 - Kristy Patten - North Cumberland Middle School 

2020 - Toby Gibbons - Narragansett High School

2021 -  Amanda Grundel - Ponaganset High School

2022 -  Renee Walker - Central High School

RIASP Now Accepting Nominations for 

Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year 


*Watch your emails requesting nominations around this time

Each year the Rhode Island Association of School Principals selects one member as our Assistant Principal of the Year.  Therefore, at this time, we ask that you give consideration to nominating someone who exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding assistant principal; someone who unselfishly works to build and maintain a school culture that promotes high student achievement. 

All nominees must meet the following criteria:

RIASP member for three (3) years 

Assistant Principal for three (3) complete years in one school 

Letters of nomination may be emailed to Robert Littlefield at rlittlefield@riasp.org.  The one to two page letter of nomination should reference the candidates leadership capacity, and at least one particular accomplishment.  

Once nominated, we (RIASP) will contact your nominee and forward the application packet to them.  The application packet is quite comprehensive,  so it is advantageous to nominate a candidate in timely fashion. 

A RIASP selection committee will review all completed nomination packets.  At least two (2) finalists shall then be identified.  For validation purposes, the selection committee will then conduct school visits, and shall ultimately select the Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year. 

2022 Assistant Principal of the Year

Renee Walker

Providence Central High School  

UPDATED: May 2022

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