Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity will select one middle level and one high school principal to represent their state. State winners are selected from applications submitted to the state associations.

Each state’s selection process and deadlines vary. Application information for each state may be found by contacting your state affiliate.

2022 State Principals of the Year

StateNameSchool Name
AlabamaLarry HaynesOak Mountain Middle School
AlaskaMary FulpColony Middle School
ArizonaStephanie SilmanSahuarita Middle School
ArkansasKeri RathbunNorthside High School
CaliforniaJohn BriqueletGretchen Whitney High School
ColoradoBill SummersCanon City High School
ConnecticutDonna HaywardHaddam Killingworth High School
DelawareKristina FailingF. N. Postlehwait Middle School
DoSOSTheressa SmithColegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The American School of Lima
FloridaAdam LaneHaines City HS & Haines City IB
GeorgiaLeAnne McCallLowndes High School
HawaiiLaura AhnNiu Valley Middle School
IdahoMoss StrongHomedale Middle School
IllinoisKeith WoodBrooks Middle School
IndianaMichael CoxNorth Montgomery High School
IowaJeremy JonesHolmes Junior High School
KansasCaleb SmithNewton High School
LouisianaRonnie HarveyWashington Marion Magnet High School
MainePaula CallanMessalonskee High School
MarylandJames AllrichArgyle Middle School
MassachusettsHugh GalliganNorwood High School
MichiganNicole CarterNovi High School
MinnesotaNathaniel MessickFertile-Beltrami Public School
MississippiBrett RobinsonClinton High School
MissouriApril AdamsLiberty High School
MontanaJeff UhrenBillings Senior High School
NebraskaBrian FleischmanOverton Public School
NevadaZachary RobbinsCheyenne High School
New JerseyStella NwangumaWinslow Township Middle School
New MexicoRocky TorresFarmington High School
New YorkMark ErlenweinStaten Island Technical High School
North CarolinaElena AshburnNeedham B. Broughton Magnet High School
North DakotaTonya HunskorTGU Granville School
OhioMonica AsherChagrin Falls High School
OklahomaTerry AdamsBixby High School
OregonMichelle JonasCrook County High School
PennsylvaniaRyan CaufmanCentral York High School
Rhode IslandScott BarrClassical High School
South CarolinaAndrew McMillanChapman High School
South DakotaCollin KnudsonTea Area High School
TennesseePamela VadenRavenwood High School
TexasDavid ArencibiaColleyville Middle School
UtahMindy RobisonMidvale Middle School
VermontDavid SchillingDanville School
VirginiaJames GarstAndrew Lewis Middle School
WashingtonBrad WilsonChelan High School
West VirginiaCassandra PorterJohn Marshall High School
WisconsinAnuradha EbbeCherokee Heights Middle School
WyomingRyan MackeyDouglas High School