FCPS Opens Nominations for Principal of the Year

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Frederick County Public Schools is accepting nominations for The Washington Post Principal of the Year award. The deadline to submit names is Friday, January 6, 2023, 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 with FCPS. They must maintain their position as principal through the 2023-24 school year.

Desired criteria include showcasing effective management, creativity and innovation, fostering cooperation between the school and community, communicating effectively with students, parents, and staff, keeping abreast of developments in education, encouraging team spirit, demonstrating leadership, 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/public-affairs/wapo-principal.