The Montana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals presents six awards for members each year.   Members are encouraged to nominate their peers for these awards to recognize achievements and to participate in national meetings.  Applications/nominations will again be available in October for the 2017 awards.  
2017 Adrian Langstaff Award
This award is one of the highest recognitions that can be given to a deserving member of MAEMSP. The award is in the name and memory of Adrian Langstaff. Adrian was an outstanding elementary principal who was a very recognized leader in his school, community and state. His life was cut short in a tragic accident.  
The 2018 Nomination Process will open in October of 2017.
2016 - No Recipient 


2017 Friends of Education Award 
Recognize those individuals in your community who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty in supporting and promoting public education.  Think of that private citizen outside of the professional educational organization who is always there to support education and goes the extra mile to further the education of Montana's youth.  The successful candidate will exemplify the following:
  • Outstanding support and promotion of public education;
  • State of local membership and leadership positions in educational boards or organizations; and
  • Participation and leadership positions in community and civic organizations
The 2018 Nomination Process will open in October of 2017.
2016 Friends of Education Award Winner:  Brent Parker - Drummond
2017 Aspiring Principal Scholarship Award 
MAEMSP provides an annual Scholarship/Incentive Grant of $800 to a student successfully applying to or currently enrolled in an approved course of study for the Master of Education Degree in Elementary School Education. The applicant must have completed three years of successful teaching in elementary or middle school education (K-8) and hold a current Montana Class II teaching certificate.
 The 2018 Nomination Process will open in October of 2017.
2016 Aspiring Principal Scholarship Grant Winner:  Nicole Simonsen - Sidney
2017 NAESP Conference Incentive Scholarship Award 
MAEMSP National Convention Scholarship will provide the opportunity for one of its members to attend the National Association of Elementary School Principals Convention for professional development in National Harbor, Maryland from July 6 through July 8, 2016.  The award is comprised of the following:
  • Paid registration to the NAESP Convention;
  • Round trip air fare to the site of the convention; 
  • A letter to the recipient's superintendent from MAEMSP President encouraging him/her to grant adequate release time and financial support for meals and room in the Montana room block.
The qualified nominee will:
  • Be a member of MAEMSP & NAESP;
  • Not have previously attended an NAESP National Convention;
  • Present a report at the MAEMSP Annual State Convention the following January/February;
  • Have been involved in MAEMSP activities; and
  • Have exhibited leadership abilities 
You can apply for this incentive scholarship by clicking HERE.
2016 MAEMSP/NAESP Convention Scholarship Winner:  Ann Morani -Deer Lodge 
2017 Appreciation Award 
This award is given to an individual, organization, or business that has provided outstanding support to the Montana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals. 
The 2018 Nomination Process will open in October of 2017. 
2016 Appreciation Award Winner:  Imerys Talc - Three Forks 
2017 National Distinguished Principal Award 
The NDP program recognizes excellence in elementary and middle level school leadership and is sponsored by NAESP.  It was established in 1984 to recognize elementary and middle level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staffs in their learning communities.  The program is based on three fundamental ideas:
  1. Children's attitudes towards learning and their perceptions of themselves as lifelong learners are established in the beginning school years.
  2. The scope and quality of children's educational experiences are determined primarily by the school principals, who establishes, through the important work of teachers and the support of caring parents, the character of a particular school's program.
  3. The dedication and enthusiasm of the outstanding principals who guide children's early education experiences should be acknowledged to both show appreciation for their work as well as to allow them to serve as models for others in the field.  
Criteria established by NAESP require the individual is a practicing principal with at least five years experience in the principalship, who plans to continue as a practicing principal.  The principal must demonstrate evidence of outstanding contributions to the community and to the education profession and should lead a school that:
  • Must be a member of NAESP at the time of the award;
  • Is clearly committed to excellence;
  • Has programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students; and
  • Has firm ties to parents and the community.
The 2018 Nomination Process will open in October of 2017.
               Pat Audet
               900 N. Montana Avenue - Ste. A-4             OR   
               Helena, MT   59601 
2016 National Distinguished Principal:  Ron Goodman -Libby
If you have any questions about these awards, please contact Pat Audet at 406-442-2510 or