Digital Principal of the Year

Honoring principals who leverage technology

The Digital Principals of the Year program honors principals who exhibit bold, creative leadership in their drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals.

Congratulations to the 2017 Digital Principals of the Year!

The Spring Digital Principals* are Jamie Richardson, principal of LaCreole Middle School in Dallas, OR; Jethro Jones, principal of Kodiak Middle School in Kodiak, AK; Stephen Santilli, principal of William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing, NJ.

The Fall Digital Principals* are David Geurin, principal of Bolivar High School in Bolivar, MO; Darren Ellwein, principal of Harrisburg South Middle School in Harrisburg, SD; and Nicholas Indeglio, Downingtown Middle School in Downingtown, PA.

Selection Process

NASSP honors three NASSP-member principals in schools that cover any subset of grades 6—12. Criteria for the award are based on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Administrators and the applications of those skills to further the Breaking Ranks Framework for school improvement.


Winners receive an expenses-paid (airfare, lodging, and registration) trip to the annual national conference. In addition, winners will have an opportunity to speak at the National Principals Conference. Winners will also be featured on the cover of Principal Leadership magazine.

Through the generous support of Jostens, the NASSP Digital Principals of the Year will get access to the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders (MMPSL), a dynamic and highly interactive online leadership training program. The winners will receive the full MMPSL Executive Leadership Development Program.

*To align with the shift of NASSP’s annual conference from the winter to summer, the year of designation for the Digital Principals of the Year was shifted, resulting in six winners in 2017 only. Join us in celebrating the six winners.