Assistant Principal of the Year 
The Montana Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) announced Shanna Smith, Assistant Principal at Belgrade High School as the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year
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The NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year award program annually recognizes outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.  These assistant principals are acknowledged by their peers for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession by demonstrating excellence in the areas of personal excellence; collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and personalization. 

Leland Stocker, Superintendent of Belgrade Public Schools, highly recommended Ms. Smith for the award stating that she “is special and unique because she truly listens to teachers and makes things happen.”  In a letter of recommendation, a parent of a Belgrade high school student commented on Ms. Smith’s ability to utilize student activities and classroom instruction to prepare students to be college and career ready. Paul Lamb, Ms. Smith’s building principal, stated, "In making administrative decisions, Ms. Smith's priority is to have all decisions focus on keeping the education at Belgrade High School the best it can be." 

Ms. Smith received an English Literature degree from Montana State University in 1998, where she also played basketball for the Lady Cats.  Shortly thereafter she earned her teaching degree and began teaching English in the Three Forks School District. She moved to Belgrade and taught in the middle school and the alternative school before earning her master’s degree in educational leadership from Montana State University and becoming Assistant Principal at the high school, a position she has held for three years.  

All 50 states select one assistant principal from their state.  From the state winners, 3 finalists will be named to contend for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award.  The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) will honor Shanna and the other State Assistant Principals of the Year at the National Principals Conference in Philadelphia, PA this next July.