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Congratulations to National Distinguished Principals, AACTE Members Who Prepared Them

In celebration of National Principals Month, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) announced the 2017 Class of National Distinguished Principals and recognized them at an event in Washington, DC, October 12-13. AACTE is proud to congratulate the honorees and to note that nearly all of the principals recognized by the program were prepared at AACTE member institutions.

This year’s distinguished principals completed their preparation at the following AACTE member institutions:

State

Principal Name

AACTE Member Institutions

     

Alabama

Julie G. Pierce

University of Alabama at Birmingham & University of South Alabama

Alaska

Lisa L. Vrvilo

University of Alaska Anchorage & University of Oregon

Arizona

Christine Bonow

Northern Arizona University &  Arizona State University

Arkansas

Annette Freeman

Harding University (AR) & University of Arkansas

Arkansas

Kelli McGaha-Martin

Harding University (AR) & University of Central Arkansas

California

Scott M. Borba

California State University Stanislaus

California

Gayle R. Renken

Gonzaga University (WA) & Valparaiso University (CA)

California

Kenneth J. Willers

Catholic University of America (DC)

Colorado

Tobey Cho Bassoff

University of Colorado at Boulder & Colorado State University

Connecticut

Carla A. Armistead

Norfolk State University (VA) & Southern Connecticut State University

Delaware

Becky Neubert

Wilmington University (DE)

Florida

Margaret M. Gunderson

University of Central Florida

Georgia

Cynthia J. Hammond

Fort Valley State University (GA) & Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia

Lori A Joiner

Armstrong Atlantic State University (GA) & Georgia Southern University

Hawaii

Nelson R. Shigeta

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Idaho

Tina Jo Fehringer

Idaho State University

Illinois

Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek

Roosevelt University (IL) & Saint Xavier University (IL)

Illinois

Michelle R. Willis

Loyola University Chicago & University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Indiana

Davin E. Harpe

Ball State University (IN), Indiana University, & Purdue University (IN)

Iowa

James F. Murray

Iowa State University

Kansas

Dana J. Sprinkle

Emporia State University (KS) & Kansas State University

Kentucky

Dana L. Blankenship

Morehead State University (KY)

Maine

Jennifer Ann McGee

University of Maine & University of Maine at Farmington

Maryland

Michael L. Browne

West Chester University (PA) & Wilmington University (DE)

Michigan

Amy J. Taranko

Central Michigan University & University of Michigan

Minnesota

Jessica Cabeen

Hamline University (MN), University of Saint Thomas (MN), & University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Mississippi

Melissa Wise Philley

Mississippi State University & University of Mississippi

Missouri

Janell R. Bagwell

Missouri State University & University of Missouri

Montana

Susan Sweeney

Montana State University & University of Montana

Nebraska

Kathleen R. Mathews

Hastings College (NE), University of Kansas, & University of Nebraska at Kearney

Nevada

Sarah A. Popek

Miami University (OH) & Nova Southeastern University (FL)

New Hampshire

Michael S. Fournier

Milligan College (TN) & University of New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Kimberly Yarlott

Plymouth State University (NH) & University of Massachusetts

New Jersey

Tammy B. Jenkins

Kean University (NJ), Nova Southeastern University (FL), & Rutgers University (NJ)

New York

Mary Beth Fierro

State University of New York at Oswego

New York

Jeremy M. Rich

State University of New York at Albany

North Carolina

Jason C. Griffin

East Carolina University (NC) & Elizabeth City State University (NC)

North Dakota

Cindy Cook

Minot State University (ND) & North Dakota State University

Ohio

Rhonda N. Peeples

Ohio State University & Wright State University (OH)

Oklahoma

Robbie K. Holder

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Oregon

Kelly Soter

Oregon State University & University of Portland (OR)

Pennsylvania

Steven M. Smith

Indiana University of Pennsylvania & Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Donna M. Coderre

Providence College (RI) & Rhode Island College

South Carolina

Denise Barth

University of South Carolina

South Dakota

Kim M. Johnson

Black Hills State University (SD), Dakota State University (SD), & University of South Dakota

Tennessee

Kevin Armstrong

Middle Tennessee State University & Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)

Tennessee

Amy C. Downey

Freed-Hardeman University (TN), Middle Tennessee State University, & Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)

Texas

Lois Annette Dailey

Lamar University (TX)

Texas

Patrick O’Sullivan  

University of Notre Dame (IN) & University of Portland (OR)

Utah

Todd A. Theobald

Brigham Young University

Virginia

Hamish M. Brewer

Virginia Commonwealth University & Virginia Tech

Washington

Adina T. Brito

University of Washington

West Virginia

Jennifer A. Cox

West Virginia University

Wisconsin

Daniel H. Westfahl

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Wyoming

Breez L. Daniels

Lesley University (MA) & University of Wyoming

DODEA (Japan)

Michelle A. Moore-Robinson

Michigan State University & North Carolina A&T State University

Overseas (Indonesia)

Elsa H. Donohue

University of North Florida


In addition to the NAESP announcement, the secondary principals’ organization – the National Association of Secondary School Principals – named its selection this month for 2018 National Principal of the Year. The winner, Akil E. Ross, Sr., of Chapin High School (SC), was also prepared at an AACTE member institution, the University of South Carolina.

Congratulations to all of these distinguished principals and the AACTE members who have contributed to their success!


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Jemima Cabedo

AACTE Intern

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