2014 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year

Courtney Voshell

Dover High School
Dover, DE

Courtney 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.”