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Applications for our fall Ambassador Program period have closed!

NASSP is currently reaching out to selected ambassadors via email. ONLY selected ambassadors will be contacted. We are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding selection. We thank you for your understanding.

First selections and alternates will receive email notifications from NASSP by September 11.

We hope to open our application period for our 2024 groups in February 2024. The NASSP Ambassador Program is a members-only program. If you are interested in applying in 2024, please check to make sure that your membership, chapter, or council is active for the 2023-2024 school year. Check your status by logging into your account on the NASSP, NHS, NJHS or NatStuCo websites or calling Customer Care at (703) 860-0200 or (800) 253-7746.

Please continue to check this page for updates from our current groups and information about 2024.


If you are an active principal or assistant principal in a school during the school year 2023-24, then you may apply to:

The School Leader Professional Learning Group – seeking 1 middle school assistant principal

In this group, a total of ten principals and five assistant principals will meet monthly to share insights and perspectives with NASSP’s Leading and Learning and staff about designing relevant and meaningful in-person and online professional learning for principals and assistant principals across the nation. The groups will also provide guidance on other NASSP projects related to school leader support such as building a resource library for school leaders and other ways to empower school leaders to lead their staff and communities.


  • Sixty-minute monthly online meetings from September through January.
  • Help amplify the results of the group’s work through social media posts, written pieces such as blog posts and op-eds, articles in NASSP’s Principal Leadership magazine, and interviews.
  • Answer follow-up correspondence via email within three business days.
  • Willing to work in small groups on design and presentations on professional learning. Some outside of meeting time may be required for this pre-work and post-work.

If you are an active NHS and/or NatStuCo student member in a school during the school year 2023-24, then you may apply to:

NHS + NatStuCo Marketing Advisory Council – 6 NHS students and 6 NatStuCo students

Project description:

Get ready to unleash your creative powers and make a real impact with the NHS and NatStuCo Marketing Advisory Council. We’re on a mission to revolutionize our student programs and we want you to be part of it.

As an Ambassador, you’ll monitor trends, idea share, and create video content that’ll dominate the National Honor Society and National Student Council’s social media pages. Plus, you’ll call the shots on products in the NHS and NatStuCo online stores, ensuring they’re making a mark.


  • Participate in 60-minute monthly online meetings brainstorming epic ideas from September to January.
  • Create video content for NHS and NatStuCo social platforms, following an NASSP-provided schedule.
  •  Answer follow-up correspondence via email or DM within three business days.
  •  Amplify the results of the group’s work through social media, and, potentially, written pieces like blog posts.

If you’re ready to be a game-changer, apply now!

If you are an active NEHS adviser  in a school during the school year 2023-24, then you may apply to:

The National Elementary Honor Society Group – 10 advisers

These ten current NEHS advisers will provide feedback on all things NEHS program, including resources, content, programming, and how-tos during their monthly online meetings. These Ambassadors will have a voice in making NEHS more engaging for advisers and student members. The work they produce will have an impact on how the national office engages with and supports chapters and their schools going forward.


  • Sixty-minute monthly online meetings from September through January.
  • Answer follow-up correspondence via email within five business days.

Some pre-work or post-work either in small groups or independently may be required for some sessions, not to exceed an hour.

If you are an active National Student Council adviser in a school during the school year 2023-24, then you may apply to:

The National Student Council Adviser Group – 10 advisers

These five middle level National Student Council advisers and five high school level National Student Council advisers will help build better, more useful resources for councils across the country through monthly online meetings where they share their feedback on existing materials and help redesign and create resources that will make the roles of all NSC advisers easier. These adviser Ambassadors will also help amplify the work and knowledge of other advisers on national level, by identifying potential contributors to create content on topics that they recommend during the program. In addition, adviser Ambassadors weigh in on programming opportunities for advisers.


  • Sixty-minute monthly online meetings from September through January.
  • Some pre-work or post-work, either in small groups or independently, may be required for some sessions, not to exceed an hour.
  • Establish a presence on the Adviser Online Community
  • Help amplify the results of the group’s work through the Adviser Online Community through blog posts and articles in NASSP’s Principal Leadership magazine
  • Answer follow-up correspondence via email within three-five business days.
  • Honorarium payment will be dependent on meeting the requirements above.

If you are an active NHS or NJHS adviser in a school during the school year 2023-24, then you may apply to:

The NHS + NJHS New Advisers Group – 8 advisers

Eight advisers will give feedback on onboarding resources that would be beneficial for new advisers, to include topics about how to increase diversity and equity in the selection process, and ways to promote adviser recognition and programming. Advisers will be asked to reflect on their own experiences, including how they were onboarded in the role, and what practices or protocols are in place to promote (or increase) diversity within their chapters. They will also explore ideas for adviser recognition and programming for professional learning.


  • Sixty-minute monthly online meetings from September through January. 
  • Answer follow-up correspondence via email within five business days. 
  • Some pre-work or post-work either in small groups or independently may be required for some sessions, not to exceed an hour.
  • Help amplify the results of the group’s work through blog posts and articles in the School of Thought Blog, Adviser Online Community, and honor society newsletters.

Spring 2023 Ambassador Program

Our spring 2023 NASSP Ambassadors are working on four projects through July 2023 that not only benefit from, but require, the leadership of NASSP, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and National Student Council members. These Ambassadors were selected by NASSP staff after a two-week online application period and review of more than 1,400 applications.

Please click on the groups below to see the Ambassadors assigned to each group listed the way they chose to appear.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about the Ambassador program.

Principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders are giving their honest opinions on what it’s like to be a NASSP member and making suggestions for how NASSP could better serve our members. During monthly meetings, Ambassadors take a deep dive into the benefits of NASSP memberships and divulge the support and resources that they’ve dreamed of with the goal of designing memberships that serve school leaders across the nation with the services, products and support they need at a time of educational transformation.

  • Christopher Wong, Student Council Advisor, Fleming Middle School, Houston, Texas
  • Danielle Harrell, Principal, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia
  • Elizabeth Brown, Principal, Ocali Charter High School, Ocala, Florida
  • Dr. Gene Miller, Principal, Templeton Middle School, Templeton, California
  • Dr. Gina Ogilvie, NHS & NJHS Coordinator, Blue Ridge Academy, Maricopa, California
  • Jennifer Andrews-Cox, Resident Principal, Trinity Basin Preparatory Panola, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jessica Rehberg, Principal, Apalachee High School, Winder, Georgia
  • Joe Williams, Assistant Principal, Sturgis Brown High School, Sturgis, South Dakota
  • Katelyn Rodd, Adviser, Buffalo Creek Middle School, Palmetto, Florida
  • Dr. Katy Wagner, Principal, St. Helens High School, St. Helens, Oregon
  • Dr. Keith Wood, Principal, Brooks Middle School, Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • Lamark Holley, Assistant Principal, Southampton Middle School, Harford County, Maryland
  • Richard E. Vasquez, Dean of Academics, NHS Advisor, Holy Cross of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
  • Yasmen Elhassa, Director of Curriculum & Professional Development, Forsan American School, Alexandria, Egypt

These National Honor Society students are helping NHS’s social get a glow up—creating video content, following a NASSP-provided schedule. When they aren’t producing content, they’re helping NASSP select products for the NHS online stores, giving feedback on marketing ideas and guiding our efforts toward making our student programs more engaging and inclusive during 60-minute monthly online meetings.

  • Brady Kuebler, Student, Nation Ford High School, Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Demetria Delp, Student, American Heritage, Palm Beach Campus, Delray Beach, Florida
  • Demian Estrada, Student, Harmony Science Academy, El Paso, Texas
  • Dominic De La Torre, Student, Del Norte High School, San Diego, California
  • Bella Sonen, Student, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Joseph Staller, Student, Council Rock High School South, Holland, Pennsylvania
  • Moyisola Esther Akinwande, Student, Newark Collegiate Academy, Newark, New Jersey
  • Nayounghee Tuetkin, Student, V.R. Eaton High School, Haslet, Texas
  • Sarah Chianglin, Student, Sammamish High School, Bellevue, Washington
  • Sarah Soto Casado, Student, Saint George School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Zoe Roettger, Student, Mahtomedi High School, Mahtomedi, Minnesota

These principals and assistant principals are sharing their experiences, opinions, and candid feedback to guide how NASSP can help provide the best professional learning to school leaders across the nation. They meet monthly online and will build a robust virtual resource library—and things that don’t even exist yet. Ultimately, these Ambassadors get to help create one-of-a-kind professional learning for their peers supported by NASSP.

  • Dr. Alexandria Rios Taylor, Building Principal, Mundelein High School, Mundelein, Illinois
  • Dr. Carolyn Russell-Walker, Principal, Ramsay IB High School, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Dr. Christopher B. Mayes, Principal, Einstein Charter School at Sherwood Forest, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dr. Erick Alfonso, Principal, Bogota Middle School, Bogota, NJ
  • Jay Apostol, EdD., Principal, Monett Middle School, Monett, Missouri
  • Jennifer Castillo, Assistant Principal, North Middle School, Aurora, Colorado
  • Joe Patek, Principal, Nicolet Union High School, Glendale, Wisconsin
  • Kate Williams, Principal, Cordova Jr/Sr High School, Cordova, Alaska
  • Keoni Dang, Assistant Principal, Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, Washington
  • Mrs. Melanie Hackett, Principal, South Bend Community School Corporation, South Bend, Indiana
  • Michael Sedlak, Unit Principal, Hudson High School, Hudson, Ohio
  • Omar R. Davis, Associate Principal Operations & Technology, Downers Grove South High School, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Penny Vess, Assistant Principal, Waimea High School, Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Ms. Purnima DeMorais, Principal, Quabbin Regional Middle High School, Barre, Massachusetts
  • Sara Conley, Principal, Pleasanton High School, Pleasanton, Kansas

Principals, assistant principals, advisers, and students (from National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and National Student Council) provide feedback through online surveys on NASSP’s student programs, publications, recognition programs, advocacy and more to give NASSP a deeper understanding of what’s needed now and what could be improved for these Ambassadors and their peers. It also informs adjustments that need to be made to the Ambassador Program.

  • Mario Balderrama, Assistant Principal, Vail Academy and High School, Tucson, Arizona
  • Alejandro Barona, Student, Marian Baker School, Curridabat, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Anish Basappa, Student, Bridgeland High School, Cypress, Texas
  • Dr. Asdrey A. Irizarry Arroyo, Dean of Students, Young Ambassadors Academy, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • Austin Stokes, Student, McAdory High School, McCalla, Alabama
  • Brian E. Cox, Principal, Verona Area High School, Verona, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Christopher Allen, High School Coordinating Principal, Sekolah Ciputra, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Diane Fox, Assistant Principal, Hampton Bays Middle School, Hampton Bays, New York
  • Divya Adams, Student, Health Professions and Human Services High School, Manhattan, New York
  • Emily Boudreaux, Student, University View Academy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Eric Filardi, Principal, Anderson School, Anderson, Alaska
  • George Raley, NHS Adviser, Northwood High School, Pittsboro, North Carolina
  • Guha Sriram, Student, Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose, California
  • Hannah Freeman, Student, Piedra Vista High School, Farmington, New Mexico
  • Dr. Jared Schneider, NJHS Advisor, Butler Area School District, Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Secondary Principal, Columbus Junction, Iowa
  • Lorelei Jackson, NJHS Adviser, Denver Language School, Denver, Colorado
  • Lucía Rodezno, Principal, Macris School, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Maurice Grant, Vice Principal, Bronx-Manhattan SDA School, Bronx, New York
  • Melissa Arendts, 9th Academy Principal, Romeo, Michigan
  • Michael Conklin, Principal, Eldred Junior Senior High School, Eldred, New York
  • Michael Derby, Family School Liaison and NEHS Advisor, Astatula Elementary School, Astatula, Florida
  • Michael J. Moffett, Ed.S., Assistant Principal of Curriculum, AVID, and FAME, New Manchester High School, Douglasville, GA
  • Noemi Juliana Florian Perez, Student, Times Squared Academy, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Nylah Wilmington, NJHS Student, Murray Language Academy, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Rhoda Núñez-Donnelly, Assistant Principal, Harper’s Choice Middle School, Columbia, Maryland
  • Roben Lepore, Secular Principal, Torah Day School of Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Scott T. Macdowall, Science Chair and Student Senate Advisor, Guilford High School, Guilford, Connecticut
  • Sean G. Peterson, Student, Marion County High School, Lebanon, Kentucky
  • Shannon Mahiai, Assistant Principal, King George Middle School, King George, Virginia
  • Dr. Sharon U. Slater, Assistant Principal, Ridgeland High School, Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Shunda Howard, Adviser, Catoma Elementary, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Susan Paul, Principal, Kaiserslautern Middle School, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Taj’a T. Board, NJHS Advisor, Indian Avenue School, Bridgeton, New Jersey
  • Taylor Cox, Assistant Principal, West Clermont High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • William Baylis II, Principal, Reynoldsburg High School/Livingston Campus, Reynoldsburg, Ohio


The mission of this program squarely aligns with NASSP’s mission of supporting and developing courageous school leaders and student leaders. We want our Ambassadors to reach their full potential just like we want to empower them to help all students to reach their full potential. We strive to provide the best support, opportunities and guidance that we can through this program.

NASSP ran a pilot Ambassador Program in 2022 with six projects that involved the voices of principals, advisers and students to support our mission of lifting school and student leader voices and empowering school leaders and students to lead our work.

These project groups achieved much together:

  • The National Survey of School Leaders & Students group co-created NASSP’s Survey of America’s School Leaders and High School Students.
  • Members of the Campaign on Principal Pipeline group participated in a panel in the National Principals Month policy forum and participated in a policy briefing and networking luncheon to recognize the incredible work of school leaders and discuss legislation and policy that can strengthen the profession.
  • Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Recognition Programs Ambassadors provided input about the application and process for our POY and APOY programs which led to changes that are in place today.
  • NHS, NJHS and NEHS Advisers in the NHS Program Policies and Resource group developed posts to help other advisers and chapters which appear on our School of Thought Blog and helped with the redesign of the adviser checklist for NHS and helped create a new checklist for NJHS.
  • The Principal Leadership Review Project Ambassadors wrote summaries of books for Principal Leadership’s Syllabus section that were published in the September and October editions.
  • Wallace Foundation Project Ambassador added voice and perspective to “How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research”.

In 2023, we’re learning from that initial run and building upon its successes. We’re seeking Ambassadors’ input to improve our services and products so that we can better serve leaders in classrooms everywhere.

We’re also helping them build connections with other Ambassadors, members, and NASSP staff and providing more opportunities to become engaged in our events, networks, and webinars.

To our Ambassadors of the 2022 and 2023 cohorts, we sincerely thank you for being a part of this process, putting your trust in us, and letting us elevate your voices.