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The Assistant Principal of the Year award recognizes outstanding assistant principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to their schools and communities.

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Assistant Principal of the Year finalists!

Derek Knappins

Derek Knappins | Endeavor Elementary

Mr. Knappins is known as a leader for learning. His passion focuses on teacher support and its ability to increase student achievement. He works to assist teachers in fine-tuning their craft with the goal of helping every student find success. He builds relationships and rapport with families, which was instrumental in the academic success of Shingle Creek Elementary School’s students. 
Mr. Knappins was recently promoted to principal at Endeavor Elementary. 

Melanie Simmons

Melanie Simmons | Ivey Lane Elementary

Ms. Simmons instituted systems and structures within the areas of daily operations, behavior and academics, and simultaneously, worked to empower and train teachers. Through implementing CHAMPS, a schoolwide discipline program, the school increased attendance and improved behaviors. Coaching faculty members to embrace their craft helped increase learning gains, as well as individual and school pride. 

Rebecca Yedvobnick

Rebecca Yedvobnick | Ridgewood Park Elementary

Ms. Yedvobnick’s leadership occurs in the trenches with teachers and students. By building capacity within teachers and coaches, and collaboration around coaching cycles, data collection and data displays created conditions for teachers to reflect and make instructional shifts needed for learning gains. The increased learning gains have proven the effectiveness. Ms. Yedvobnick also started a Tiger Pantry to help feed their families on the weekends.