The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has named Erica Page, assistant principal of Pelion High School in Pelion, South Carolina, the 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Her award announcement kicks off NASSP’s annual celebration of National Assistant Principals Week. For more information on the celebration, click here.
When Ms. Page went from being a teacher in a large, 4A school to an assistant principal at a small, rural, 2A school, her first priority was to build a strong foundation for trust through effective communication. While working towards that goal, Ms. Page has led efforts to boost test scores, and college and career readiness through dual enrollment coursework, AP classes, and increased honors offerings. Under her leadership, Pelion High School catapulted from having zero dual credit hours to 468. This year, a third of Pelion High’s seniors will graduate with college credit, with several entering college as sophomores. Ms. Page has stated, “every administrative decision I make comes from believing in students and putting them first,” a belief that informs all of her policies and initiatives. Faculty admire her as a driving force in providing the best opportunities for at-risk students, college-prep students, and everyone in between. And her students consider her to be the reason for their positive and supportive school environment.
“Erica Page is a shining example of an assistant principal as a powerful multiplier of effective practice,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We at NASSP are proud to congratulate her as our 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year and commend her for her achievements in building a safe and academically challenging school environment.”
Ms. Page will formally receive her award during the NASSP Salute to Leaders celebration during the National Principals Conference, July 11–13, in Chicago, IL.