February 8, 2014

Bob Farrace, NASSP


Delaware School Leader Named 2014 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year

Dallas, TX–Courtney Voshell of Dover High School (DE) has been named the 2014 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year.

The announcement was made during the closing session of NASSP’s annual conference, Ignite ’14 in Dallas.

Voshell has been described by her school’s principal, staff and parents as a tireless, determined, and supportive leader and "if given the opportunity, she would do it all." In 2010, during Voshell’s first year as assistant principal, Dover High School was labeled a failing school. As a new administrator, Voshell drew on her years of teaching experience at the school to provide insight from a teacher’s perspective and share ideas on how she thought the school could improve. She led the implementation of professional learning communities at the school to help teachers collaborate and share best practices and organize data to make data-driven decisions.

As part of her strong belief in the power of personalization in schools, Voshell makes sure to connect with teachers and students by completing weekly walkthroughs, where she provides instructional feedback to teachers and interacts and works with students on their classroom activities.

In the two full school years since Dover High School was labeled a failing school, Voshell has helped the school get back on track and meet all student targets on both state assessment and graduation cohort.

"The assistant principal has many critical roles to play as a school leader," said JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP executive director. "Courtney is a model of an excellent school leader who goes beyond the traditional roles of handling discipline and data and has become an expert in curriculum and instruction. NASSP is delighted to honor Courtney for the significant positive impact she has had on the students of Dover High School."

"Virco is proud to recognize Courtney for her remarkable success as an assistant principal," said Brian True, Virco’s director of sales. "We’re honored to sponsor the NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year Program and contribute to assistant principals’ professional development."

NASSP and school furniture manufacturer Virco Inc. annually honor an assistant principal from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. Selection criteria are built around collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and school personalization—the core areas of the NASSP Breaking Ranks Framework. The three finalists were selected from the pool of state winners and were interviewed during Ignite '14. Each finalist received $1,500 and Voshell will be awarded an additional $3,500, which can be used for personal professional development or for a school improvement project.

All state winners will be honored at a three-day event in Washington, D.C., in April, where they will network and meet with legislators on Capitol Hill. The event culminates with a black-tie gala to recognize the achievements of each of the state honorees, the national finalists, and the national winner.

# # #

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

About Virco
As America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of furniture and equipment for K–12 schools, Virco is proud to support NASSP. Virco’s great classroom furniture selection includes best-selling ZUMA® models, traditional chairs and desks, and all-new Parameter®, TEXT®, Metaphor® and Telos® items. In 2005, ZUMA and ZUMAfrd™ became the first classroom furniture products to earn GREENGUARD® for Children and Schools certification; now, Virco has hundreds of Greenguard-certified products. Virco offers the classroom furniture industry’s only Take-Back Program that helps schools recycle their outof-service furniture. If you’re faced with a major FF&E purchasing project, check out Virco’s stress-free PlanSCAPE® service!