Georgia Association of Middle School Principals

Dr Jesse Davis

Dr Ardith Bates

Kerry Coursey

Melanie Sigler

Dr. Jesse Davis Dr. Ardith Bates Kerry Coursey Melanie Sigler
NAESP National Distinguished Middle Level Principal of the Year (2013-2014) NAESP National Distinguished Middle Level Principal of the Year (2014-2015) NAESP National Distinguished Middle Level Principal of the Year (2012-2013) 2015 NAESP Middle Level National Distinguished Principal
Feagin Mill Middle School (Houston County) Gladden Middle School (Murray County) Coastal Middle School (Savannah-Chatham) Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School (Clarke County)

The Georgia Association of Middle School Principals is an affiliate of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and the National Association of Elementary School Principals

Annual Awards Sponsored by GAMSP, GAEL, and NAESP

The Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP) is an affiliate of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).  Each year VALIC serves as a sponsor for the GAMSP Fall Awards Program while GAEL sponsors the Outstanding Educator Award at the GAEL Summer Conference.  The NAESP Foundation sponsors the National Distinguished Principal Award and the National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award.

 

The Dr. Jim Puckett GAEL Outstanding Educator Award

Each year, GAEL provides members the opportunity to nominate fellow members for the Outstanding Educator Award. The honor goes to individuals who personify the leadership qualities modeled by GAEL's third executive director Dr. Jim Puckett. The applications for the award are on the GAEL website at www.gael.org . The recipient of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee. Recipients are recognized at the Summer GAEL Conference. The applicant must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.

The Dr. John H. Lounsbury Award sponsored by GAMSP

The award is named for Dr. John H. Lounsbury, the Father of the Middle School Movement in Georgia and the first dean of the Georgia College and State University, then known as Georgia State College for Women, School of Education. The award, given at the discretion of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals Board of Directors, recognizes individuals who through their professional efforts have most supported Georgia Middle Schools and the middle school movement in Georgia. The recipient of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee.

 

The Jerry Davis Georgia Distinguished Principal Award

The award is named in honor of Jerry Davis.  Mr. Davis served as both GAMSP president and GAEL President during his 35-year career in Georgia.  Jerry was principal of Evans Middle School in Coweta County from 1988-2005 and later served as associate superintendent in Coweta from 2005-2012.  He was also named a GAEL Outstanding Educator. The Georgia Distinguished Principal Award is presented to principals in Georgia who have demonstrated strong leadership in guiding his/her school as an effective middle school as defined by state and national standards. The applicant must have completed five years as a principal with two successful consecutive years at the same middle school. The recipient/recipients must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference. Each year Georgia selects one principal to represent our state as the NAESP National Distinguished Middle Level Principal of the Year sponsored by the NAESP Foundation

 

The Hal Beaver Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

This award is named in honor of Hal Beaver.  Mr. Beaver was a long time elementary school principal in Gwinnett County and a former NAESP National Distinguished Principal.  Hal has served as Executive Director of GAMSP and GAESP. While working for the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Hal implemented the successful Georgia Aspiring Principals Support Program.  The Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal Award is presented to assistant principals in Georgia who have demonstrated strong leadership in guiding his/her school as an effective middle school as defined by state and national standards. The applicant must have completed two consecutive years as an assistant principal of the same middle school. The applicant must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Each year Georgia selects one assistant principal to represent our state as the NAESP National Outstanding Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year sponsored by the NAESP Foundation.

 

The Mike Campbell Emerging Leader Award

The award is named in honor of Mike Campbell. Mr. Campbell was a long time Cobb County middle school principal and central office director. He served as the president of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and also had the distinct honor of serving as the president of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. His leadership in our state was vital in promoting the middle school program and making it successful in Georgia. The award is presented to a middle level administrator/assistant principal who is in the first three years as a school leader and exhibited outstanding leadership capabilities. The recipient/recipients must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.

 

The Reid Mullins Service Award

The award is named in honor of long time middle level administrator and principal Reid Mullins who was the first president of GAMSP. Mr. Mullins has also served as president of GAEL. The recipient of the award is a GAMSP member who has provided extraordinary service to GAMSP and GAEL in a calendar year. The recipient/recipients must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.

 

The Dr. Bob Puckett Effective Middle School Program Designation

The award is named in honor of Dr. Bob Puckett. Dr. Puckett was a long time middle school principal and later assistant superintendent in the Floyd County, Georgia School System. Bob also served as GAMSP and GAEL president and along with Reid Mullins helped grow GAMSP. The GAMSP Effective Middle School Program is an award designation to recognize schools with effective middle grades education programs. How the Principal/School is promoting the middle school philosophy is to be addressed in narrative form. Areas to consider include, but are not limited to: School Vision, School Culture, School Climate, Instructional Program, Teaching Strategies, Guidance and Support, Services, Student Discipline, Professional Development, and Family and Community Partnerships. Those schools who have been named a Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch, National Blue Ribbon School, or recognition by other national organizations may use their applications for those recognitions to submit. The designation is for a three- year cycle. The recipient/recipients must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.

 

The Linda Hopping National Merit Award

The award is named in honor of Linda Hopping. Ms. Hopping retired from the Fulton County School System after having served for several years as principal at Holcomb Bridge Middle School and Crabapple Middle School. Both schools became Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch under her leadership. Linda also served as the executive director of the Georgia Middle School Association for many years and director of the Schools to Watch Program at the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. This award is designed to recognize the educational leaders of middle schools who have achieved recognition on a national level (National Designated School to Watch, National Blue Ribbon School, etc.). The recipient/recipients must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.

 

The NAESP National Distinguished Middle Level Principal Award

The NDP Award is sponsored annually by the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation.  The GAMSP NDP Award Committee will select one principal from Georgia to represent GAMSP at the NDP Celebration in Washington, DC in October.  To be eligible the applicant must be a current member of GAMSP and NAESP and meet the criteria as set forth by NAESP. www.naesp.org

 

The NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Middle Level Principal Award

The NOAP Award is sponsored annually by the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation.  The GAMSP NOAP Award Committee will select one assistant principal from Georgia to represent GAMSP.  The recipient will be honored at the Fall GAMSP Conference.   To be eligible the applicant must be a current member of GAMSP and NAESP and meet the criteria as set forth by NAESP. www.naesp.org

 

Past Award Recipients 1993 through 2015