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.

Award Recipients

2010 - Jaime Crowley, Mount Hope High School
2011 - Christen Magill, North Providence High School
2012 - Jay Masterson, North Cumberland Middle                   School
2013 - Renee Palazzo, Smithfield High School
2014 - Brooke Macomber, Coventry High School
2015 - Kenneth Hopkins, Vincent J. Gallagher Middle                   School                                                                                      
2016- Joseph Porrazzo, Ponaganset Middle School

RIASP Now Accepting Nominations for 

Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year 

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 Sherry at sarliapuhacz@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. 

Finally, if you are aware of an outstanding Assistant Principal, please do not hesitate to nominate them.  The sooner the better.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, October 28, 2016.  Again, send letters of nomination to Sherry at sarliapuhacz@riasp.org.  


UPDATED: 9/26/16

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