Outstanding Principal

The FCPS Employee Award recognizing this year's Outstanding New Principal.

The process of nominating a candidate for the Outstanding Principal Award begins through each school's awards liaison. The awards liaison at each school has information about the nomination process and deadlines. 

Any FCPS employee or community member can nominate a new principal for this award, but employees may not nominate themselves. Eligible candidates must currently work as an elementary, middle, secondary, or high school principal in FCPS, have completed at least three full years as principal (experience in an acting capacity does not meet the requirements), and be aware of and in agreement with this nomination. 

Award Criteria 

Nominees are new principals who:

  • Manage effectively
  • Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation
  • Foster cooperation between the school and the community
  • Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field of education
  • Encourage team spirit
  • Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment
  • Continue to play an active role in the classroom
  • Foster an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrate keeping equity at the center of their work
  • Contribute to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan:
    • Student Success
    • Caring Culture
    • Premier Workforce
    • Resource Stewardship 

The Selection Process

Schools nominating their principal for this award will submit nomination packets directly to the Region level where finalists for the annual FCPS Outstanding Principal are selected. Finalists move on to the Leadership Team level where the annual FCPS Outstanding Principal is selected. 

Awards and Recognition

All honorees will be recognized. The annual FCPS Outstanding Principal will be announced at the FCPS Honors event and will receive $4000. In recognition of collaborative teamwork, the FCPS award winners and their colleagues will also receive a celebration at their worksite.

Questions and More Information

Please contact the school's awards liaison with questions or visit the Outstanding Employee Awards web page.  

HR Connection

Question for Human Resources? Submit it through the HR Connection portal or call 571-423-3000 or 1-800-831-4331.