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Georgia Association of Middle School Principals


Dr. Jesse Davis Dr. Ardith Bates
Kerry CourseyMelanie 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

These national awards are sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The applicants must be a member of GAMSP, GAEL, and NAESP and meet the criteria set forth by NAESP. The applications are found on the NAESP website at www.naesp.org .† The recipients of these awards will be selected by a committee selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and represent Georgia.† The NDP award is presented at a ceremony and celebration in Washington, DC in October each year and is sponsored by NAESP and VALIC.† Both the NOAP and NDP are also honored at the annual GAMSP Fall Conference in Savannah each year.

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 GAELís 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 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 GAMSP Georgia Distinguished Principal Award

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 of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.† 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 principal to represent our state as the NAESP National Distinguished Middle Level Principal of the Year sponsored by VALIC.

  • The GAMSP Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

The Georgia Outstanding 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 Exemplary Leadership Award was named in honor of Mike Campbell.† Mike 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 annually to educational leaders who have proven to provide strong leadership in supporting the ideals of the middle level program in our state.† The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference. The recipient/recipients must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.


  • The Reid Mullins Service Award sponsored by GAMSP

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


  • The Jerry Davis Emerging Leader Award sponsored by GAMSP

The award is named in honor of Jerry Davis, a former GAMSP and GAEL president and 30 year plus member of both organizations. Mr. Davis served as the Principal of Evans Middle School in Coweta County from 1988-2005 and later as associate superintendent. †The award is presented to a middle level administrator who is in the first three years as a school leader and exhibited outstanding leadership capabilities. †The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.† The recipient/recipients must be a current member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.


  • 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 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 is award is designed to recognize the educational leaders of middle schools who have achieved recognition on a national level.† The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.

The Georgia Association of Middle School Principals recognizes the importance of business and community partners in education. The award is presented to the educational partner that has been a strong supporter of the middle school in its community. The recipient/recipients of this award will be selected by the GAMSP Executive Committee and recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference.† The nominating administrators must be a current member of GAMSP and GAEL.

Past Award Recipients 1993 through 2015