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MN National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and MESPA are committed to preparing assistant principals to step into the principal role. We honor PreK-8 assistant principals who are doing a superb job in their roles. This program promotes educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (PreK-8) schooling and calls attention to the fundamental importance of the assistant principal. The award recipient will receive a FREE registration to NAESP's annual conference and be recognized at the conference. 

Eligible Candidates for the Award: Candidate is a member of MESPA and NAESP and must maintain membership through June 30, 2020, be an active assistant principal, has been an active assistant principal for at least two years, and will be an active assistant principal at time of nomination. Applicant must contribute to the well-being of the educational community. Applicant must contribute to a positive and motivating environment for others. Applicant must have a strong record of service (in both school and community) and be recognized as a leader. Applicant must exhibit exceptional leadership in a particular school program and/or is heavily involved in finding a solution to a problem faced by the school.

Application Period now closed 

Watch for the nomination form and application materials in late-summer or early fall. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Thompson at amy@mespa.net.

Congratulations to MN's 2020 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal: Ashley Farrington

“I spend a lot of time engaging with our teachers and administrators and have always recognized that Ashley is a special young man. I have found him to be very bright, a high-quality person, an excellent educator and someone with a great future,” wrote Chace B. Anderson, Superintendent of Wayzata Public Schools, in his letter of recommendation for Farrington. “Ashley is an excellent assistant principal who will one day also be an excellent lead principal and likely a district administrator if this is where his career interest evolves.”

One of Farrington’s major accomplishments as assistant principal is his school’s work with equity and creating a welcoming and safe environment for all students. As an educator of color, that work is very personal for him and a major reason that he does what he does every day. He wants to be an example for all students, but especially for students of color—to provide students and families with a positive image of a black male in a prominent role of principal.

 “It was clear that Ashley Farrington has gone above and beyond for his staff and his students. His passion for education stands out in both his accomplishments and with the continued work he does each and every day. This honor is well deserved and he will serve MESPA well by being recognized as Minnesota's National Outstanding Assistant Principal,” said MESPA President-Elect Jason Luksik, principal of Lincoln Elementary in Bemidji Area Schools and chair the MN National Outstanding Assistant Principal selection committee.

Click here to read Ashley's full press release.


Previous recipients of the award were John Awsumb (2019), Tracy Sexton-Oliver (2018), Sara Schmidt (2017), Margo Kleven (2016), Christen Hull (2015), Michelle Rosen (2014), Toni Beckler (2013), and Frank Catchings, Jr. (2012).

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