West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals


WV Distinguished Principal Nominations Announced

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by admin

The West Virginia Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals (WVAEMSP), in corporate partnership with VALIC, is proud to announce nominations are open for the annual National Distinguished Principals (NDP) Award. This award is designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active principals. The program will honor a principal who has exhibited extraordinary leadership, commitment to their students and staff, service to their communities, and contributions to the overall profession, including professional associations. The nomination form is attached:

All eligible public school principals are encouraged to participate. Nominations will be accepted electronically until midnight, February 12, 2016. Qualified nominees will then receive an electronic application packet which is due to the WVAEMSP Executive Director by March 25, 2016.

For more information and the nomination form, click on the posted link:


Fall Conference–”A Great Success”

Posted on November 21st, 2015 by admin

The West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals and the West Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals held its annual Leaders for West Virginia Conference November 15-17 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.   This year’s conference theme was Enriching Excellence, and the conference was a positive experience for everyone.

“This year’s conference was about transitioning our organization to become a leading and learning association, ” said WVAEMSP President Sara Stankus.  “We had a great time working and interacting with educational leaders throughout the state.”

The Association would like to thank Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice for kicking off the conference,  NAESP President Robyn Hansen for her appearances throughout the conference, and a special thanks to the Greenbrier County Schools students who opened each session with songs and patriotic pledges.  Also, thanks to our many vendors who made this year’s conference a great success.

We are currently planning for the 2016 conference and would love your input.  Contact Executive Director Mickey Blackwell at mblackwell1@wvstateu.edu with your ideas and opportunities for next year.

WVAEMSP Partners with WVCPD to Present Safe School Summits

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by admin

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development and the WVAEMSP have agreed to partner in conducting the 2015-16 Safe Schools Summit Series.  State Executive Director Mickey Blackwell attended the WVCPD’s Fall Summit in Flatwoods, WV in October and the Summer Summit in Charleston featuring Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School.

West Virginia 2015 National Distinguished Principal

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by admin
Elizabeth Moore, Principal of Pinch Elementary School receives the 2015 NDP appointment

Elizabeth Moore, Principal of Pinch Elementary School receives the 2015 NDP appointment

In conjunction with National Principals Month, the National Association of Elementary Principals recognized Pinch Elementary School Principal Betty Moore during their National Distinguished Principal Program in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Moore was honored at a reception at the US State Department and recognized at a banquet at the Capitol Hilton.  As the West Virginia Distinguished Principal (NDP), she received both a plaque and the symbolic school bell the organization gives to all Distinguished Principals.

She had been recognized locally on the morning of May 14, when officers of West Virginia Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals and administrators of Kanawha County Schools participated in the surprise announcement that she was appointed by the Executive Committee of WVAEMSP as West Virginia 2015 National Distinguished Principal.

Ms. Moore also received recognition at the November WVAEMSP Conference at the Greenbrier Resort where she was honored for her contributions to her state and school.

Applications for the 2016 Distinguished Principal will be posted to this site in December.

WVAEMSP/NAESP Membership Enrollment Form

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by admin

Please go to the reference to the enrollment form and click on the second notation and the enrollment form will appear. Download, print, and complete  the directions at the bottom of the form.   This form is corrected to reflect the current address and zip code: 25364.

WVAEMSP By-Laws Posted

Posted on May 11th, 2015 by admin

The draft of WVAEMSP by-laws are posted as a page at the top of this home page. Simply click on the page and double click on the red notation that appears. It is a large file so it may take a few seconds to appear.  If you have any by-law suggestions,  please feel free to send the changes to Executive Director Mickey Blackwell at mblackwell1@wvstateu.edu or President Sara Stankus at sstankus@k12.wv.us .

West Virginia Board of Education Agenda

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by admin

The following is a link to West Virginia Board of Education’s agenda for their regular monthly meeting: