National Principals Month
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Celebrate with us!

Studies show that principal leadership is second only to strong instruction when it comes to impacting student achievement. During the month of October, we invite you to join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of principals from across the state in National Principals Month.

To assist you in honoring the principal-leaders in your community, we'll be sharing additional resources, along with highlights and biographies of leaders in our Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP) and Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals (CAESP) communities. 

As you're celebrating this month, be sure to tap into the national movement by tagging #ThankAPrincipal in your social media activity. 


Click here for a digital version of the Governor's proclamation for Principal's Month.



Thank you to these outstanding principal members!



Lorynda Sampson
2019 National Distinguished Principal for Colorado
Principal, Northridge Elementary School, St. Vrain Valley School District

Lorynda has led Northridge from a Priority Improvement School to a Performance status school, thanks to her collaborative style and tireless efforts. 

Read more about Lorynda's accomplishments here.



 Bobbie Skaggs

2019 National Principal of the Year (High School)
Principal, Colorado's Finest High School of Choice, Englewood School District

Bobbie has instilled a family-like atmosphere at Colorado's Finest, in which every student feels accepted and given the support to thrive.

Read more about Bobbie's accomplishments here.



Deana Pachelli
2019 Principal of the Year (Middle School)
Principal, Trinidad Middle School, Trinidad School District

Deana has fostered a culture of creativity and high expectations in a challenging environment with over 70% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. 

Read more about Deana's accomplishments here.



Sara Linsacum
2019 Assistant Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools
Assistant Principal, Craig Middle School, Moffat County School District

Sara's focus on coaching-style leadership and building partnerships with outside organizations has made a powerful impact on Craig Middle School.

Read more about Sara's accomplishments here



Kim Frees
2019 Outstanding Assistant Principal for Colorado
Assistant Principal, Bea Underwood Elementary School, Garfield County School District 

Kim supports teachers to continually improve their practice, and supports and motivates students to do their very best.

Read more about Kim's accomplishments here.





  • Learn more about National Principals Month, here.
  • Learn more about our national affiliate, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, here
  • Learn more about our national affiliate, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, here
  • Are you a principal-leader and interested in joining your peers in an organization committed to strong networking, professional learning, and advocacy? Contact CASE Director of Communications Melissa Gibson at to learn how to join.


Sample Posts for Social Media:


Thank you to our partners at NAESP and NASSP for these sample posts below.


Spread the Word About National Principals Month

Leveraging social media is a powerful way to get the word out about the importance of principal leadership.

Use these sample posts and graphics to get started:



October is National Principals Month! I’ll be celebrating Principal XYZ all month long. #ThankAPrincipal

Celebrate National Principals Month with me this October! For more details check out #ThankAPrincipal

National Principals Month is here! I’m celebrating by XYZ. #ThankAPrincipal

We’re honoring our principal all month long for National Principals Month! #ThankAPrincipal

Showing Principal XYZ some love by celebrating National Principals Month. #ThankAPrincipal



#DYK October is National Principals Month! I’ll be celebrating Principal XYZ October long. #ThankAPrincipal

National Principals Month is coming up! Can’t wait to show Principal XYZ some love. #ThankAPrincipal

National Principals Month is here! Shout out to Principal XYZ for all he/she does for our school! #ThankAPrincipal

We’re honoring our principal all month long for National Principals Month! #ThankAPrincipal

Principal XYZ deserves to be celebrated every day, but one month will have to do. Happy National Principals Month! #ThankAPrincipal



October is National Principals Month! Thanks for all you do Principal XYZ. #ThankAPrincipal

We’re celebrating National Principals Month this month and honoring Principal XYZ for all that he/she does! #ThankAPrincipal

Celebrating National Principals month the only way we know how. Thanks for your hard work every day Principal XYZ! #ThankAPrincipal


Don't forget to tag #ThankAPrincipal!


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