• MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program


    The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year program (one middle level and one high school) began in 1993 as a means to recognize outstanding middle level and high school principals. The program annually honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.


    Selection Process

    Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one middle level and one high school principal to represent their state. From these state winners, six finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award.

    The MetLife/NASSP National Principals of the Year will be selected from among the finalists and will receive a $5,000 grant. The four finalists receive a $1,500 grant.



    MetLife and NASSP honor all State Principals of the Year at the Principal’s Institute and Awards Banquet held each year in Washington, DC. The Institute not only salutes the principalship but also provides a forum for honorees to share best practices and expertise.
    For more information on the MetLife/NASSP Principal of the Year Program, contact Leisl Bauman, 800-253-7746 x308.
    Link to NASSP website for more information and application form: