FCPS Opens Nominations for Principal of the Year

FCPS Opens Nominations for Principal of the Year

Throughout the global health crisis, Frederick County Public Schools principals have led students, staff and families through many unexpected challenges. The community has the opportunity to nominate dedicated principals for a prestigious honor.

FCPS is accepting nominations for the Washington Post Principal of the Year award through Friday, January 15, at 3 p.m. The Washington Post Educational Foundation sponsors the award, created to recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. The person chosen as the Washington Post’s regional Principal of the Year will receive a $7,500 monetary award, a trophy and a half-page feature spot in The Washington Post.

The FCPS Public Affairs Department is coordinating the nomination and selection process before forwarding the FCPS finalist materials to The Washington Post. Nominees must be full-time principals with at least five years of experience as a principal, the most recent three of which must be at FCPS. They must maintain their position as principal through the 2020-21 school year.

Desired criteria include skills in effective management, creativity and innovation, fostering cooperation between the school and community, maintaining a dialogue with students, parents and staff, keeping abreast of developments in education, encouraging team spirit, demonstrating leadership and commitment, and continuing to play a role in the classroom. 

Nominations are welcome from current and former students, teachers, support staff, parents, community members, administrators and supervisors. The nomination package and details are online at www.fcps.org/centraloffice/wapo-principal.