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.

2021 State Principals of the Year

StateNameSchool Name
AlaskaRobin JonesChief Ivan Blunka School
AlabamaRon PinsonChilton County High School
ArkansasJay DostalFayetteville High School
ArizonaTeresa M. HillWalden Grove High School
CaliforniaMargaret FilesKerman Middle School
ColoradoRyan T. SilvaCherry Creek High School
DelawareEvelyn A. EdneyEarly College High School at Delaware State University
DoDEAJames StraitKubasaki High School
DoSOSAmy GreeneAmerican Community School of Abu Dhabi
DoSOSJeff FarringtonInternational School of Kuala Lumpur
DoSOSKate McKennaInternational School Nido de Aguilas
FloridaJen HalterGreen Cove Springs Jr. High School
GeorgiaKeith L. BallMarietta High School
HawaiiReid KubaJarrett Middle School
IowaBrian DowningOkoboji High School
IdahoRoger I. KellerMagic Valley High School
IllinoisAndy Robert StumpfWinchester Grade School
IndianaCrystal Murff ThorpeFishers Junior High School
KansasKristen CraftAndover High School
KentuckyRobby AsberryOhio County High School
LouisianaJerel BryantGeorge Washington Carver High School
MassachusettsTed McCarthySutton High School
MarylandTaiisha Swinton-BuckDigital Harbor High School
MaineJaime Caarroll StoneCamden-Rockport Middle School
MichiganJoseph GreeneNorth Farmington High School
MinnesotaScott GenglerWayzata High School
MississippiHelen Hoggatt PriceOak Grove High School
MissouriBeth HoufFulton Middle School
MontanaJake HaynesFrenchtown High School
North CarolinaLori M. FoxHaywood Early College
North DakotaJennifer FremstadWest Fargo High School
NebraskaPatrick MooreBlue Hill High School
New HampshireStephen PatersonKearsarge Regional Middle School
New JerseyKwame R. Morton, Sr.Cherry Hill High School West
NevadaKevin CarrollSparks High School
New YorkDaniel WalhTransit Middle School
OhioPeter J. ColeCarey High School
OklahomaMelissa BarlowYukon High School
OregonAmy SkirvinWaldport Middle and High School
PennsylvaniaHarrison Bailey IIILiberty High School
Rhode IslandDeborah J. DiBiaseMt. Hope High School
South CarolinaGerald GaryDutch Fork High School
South DakotaMathew RabaBelle Fourche High School
TennesseeAutumn O’BryanCleveland High School
TexasShon JosephDeSoto High School
UtahBrian P. McGillAlta High School
VirginiaS. Kambar KhoshabaWestern Branch Middle School
VermontSteven Dellinger-PateU-32 Middle and High School
WashingtonDavid CookeWashougal School District
WisconsinDave BeranekMarathon High School
West VirginiaKenneth DeMossParkersburg High School
WyomingMatthew Scott CrispJackson Hole High School