Frederick High’s Sheri Murphy named finalist for national award

Sheri Murphy

Frederick High School’s Sheri Murphy is one of three finalists for 2024 National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Murphy is the first FCPS administrator to be named a finalist for this honor. 

The NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year program annually recognizes outstanding middle school and high school assistant principals who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students. These assistant principals are acknowledged by their peers for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession.

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, and the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools may select one assistant principal to represent their state.

The applications of these state winners are reviewed by past state principals of the year, industry leaders and NASSP staff to determine the three finalists who will be named contenders for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award.

The NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year is selected from among the finalists.

In January, Murphy was named Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals. She was also the first administrator to earn this honor while serving at an FCPS school.

Murphy is in her sixth year as an assistant principal at Frederick High, where she promotes a culture of academic achievement for all students. When she encounters students who show leadership qualities, she encourages them to get involved with school clubs or seek leadership positions in school organizations.

In her nomination packet, a Frederick High student wrote that Murphy boasts a great sense of humor and is always approachable. Students turn to her when they have questions, concerns or simply want to celebrate a Frederick High achievement. 

A Frederick High mathematics teacher shared Murphy is a catalyst for encouraging educators to learn with and support each other. She makes collaborative planning and professional development a priority for staff. 

Prior to serving at Frederick High, Murphy was an assistant principal for five years at Walkersville High. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alvernia University and a Master’s Degree from Marywood University – both for social work. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Hood College. 

NASSP will name the 2024 National Assistant Principal of the Year in early April at its leadership conference in Washington, D.C.