Nominations are now being accepted for 2019 MASSP/NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year!  

The National Assistant Principal of the Year program 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. The program honors high school assistant principals who have demonstrated excellence in the areas addressed by the selection criteria. 

If you would like to nominate a HS or MS Assistant Principal (nominee must be an MASSP/NASSP member), please click MASSP APOY Nomination 18-19 to access the form.  

  • Please read the requirements/criteria carefully
  • Print off and fill out the form in its entirety
  • Provide the required accompanying letter
  • Mail it or email it to:
Pat Audet
900 N. Montana Ave, Ste A-4        OR         [email protected]
Helena, MT  59601
The nomination form and letter are due by Friday, October 5, 2018.  Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!


2018 Assistant Principal of the Year
The Montana Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) announced Erica Schnee, Assistant Principal at Bozeman High School as the 2018 Assistant Principal of the Year.
Erica Schnee

One of Erica’s students describes her as being “the most genuine administrator that they have ever met”.  The student goes onto say that ”one never doubts the fact that she cares for her students and school and that she adores her profession; leading and educating are everything she is”.   A teacher expressed that “Erica’s main focus has always been student growth”.  The staff member goes onto describe many strategies involving this concentration including educating staff about Multi-Tiered System of Supports and modeling best teaching practices. 

Her supervisor characterizes Erica as “truly modeling values, beliefs, and attitudes that encourage others to higher levels of performance in absolutely everything she does for our schools”.  Her supervisor also describes how Erica serves many roles as an assistant principal including overseeing the technology program and chairing the Climate Committee (which has created a very positive school environment at BHS). Her leadership has ignited the energy behind staff participating in professional learning opportunities and maintaining a pathway towards vision for the future.

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 Erica and the other State Assistant Principals of the Year at the annual NASSP 2018 Principals Conference in Chicago, Illinois next summer.