2022-2023 TASSP State Principals and Assistant Principal of the Year

Congratulations to the TASSP Principals and Assistant Principal of the Year. The TASSP Principal Image Committee conducted interviews with each candidate and selected the individuals listed below for these prestigious awards.

TASSP High School Principal of the Year: 
Zack Kleypas, Pflugerville High School, Pflugerville ISD

TASSP Middle School Principal of the Year: 
Dr. Amber Epperson, Cockrill Middle School, McKinney ISD

TASSP Assistant Principal of the Year: 
Jana Clark, Harwood JHS, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

Congratulations to the Finalists:
Colby Boyce, Atlanta Middle School, Atlanta ISD
Tiffany Weiss, Travis Science Academy, Temple ISD
Rita Graves, Lamar High School, Houston ISD
Lisa Simmons, Keller High School, Keller ISD
Nancy Rinehart, Atlanta High School, Atlanta ISD
Claire Bray, Nacogdoches HS, Nacogdoches ISD
Travis Weissler, Brandeis High School, Northside ISD

Congratulations to Zack Kleypas who will be the Texas Nominee for NASSP Principal of the Year!


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