NPC19 Advisory Committee

A select group of 13 exceptional educational leaders were invited to serve on NASSP’s 2019 National Principals Conference Planning Panel. Bringing talent, insight, and experience from across the country and across all grade levels, this group was formed to play an active role advising NASSP throughout the planning process.

Jonathan “Jay” Apostol

Jonathan “Jay” Apostol

Dr. Jonathan “Jay” Apostol is the principal at Monett Middle School in Missouri. Dr. Apostol has been in education for 22 years. He spent his first 12 years at the Springfield Public School in Missouri—four as a math teacher and eight as an assistant principal. He has served 10 years as lead principal at Monett Middle School. Dr. Apostol is proud of his staff as they successfully integrate the 1:1 One to the World Learning Initiative and refine an intervention system that holds students to high expectations, utilizing core and elective courses to intentionally pull students who are in need of additional academic assistance.

Debra O’Byrne

Debra O’Byrne

Ms. Debra O’Byrne is an assistant principal at Glenwood Middle School in Howard County, MD. Ms. O’Byrne taught both elementary and middle school for 12 years before being appointed as an assistant principal in Howard County Public Schools. In 1995, she was awarded Howard County’s Best Teacher of the Year. She also has been nominated and recognized several times by Howard County Special Education Community Advisory Committee. Currently, she serves as middle school representative for MASSP Executive Board. She prides herself on being a champion for the implementation of restorative practices which promote student voice, improve relationships, and enhance academics.

Robert L. Eichorn

Robert L. Eichorn

Robert L. Eichorn has 28 years of experience as a nontraditional school teacher, program manager, and principal. He served as past president of the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) and as a consultant to the National Education Foundation (NEF). Eichorn was appointed principal to the first comprehensive K–12 nontraditional school in Virginia. He has been recognized as both a teacher and principal of the year in two school divisions in Virginia, as well as being recognized for his service and leadership in nontraditional education. He has been a featured keynote speaker at conferences and is currently working to support Ugandan drop-out prevention efforts in that nation’s most poverty-stricken areas.

Erica Page

Erica Page

Erica Page began teaching in Lexington County School District One in South Carolina in 2007. In 2012, she was promoted to assistant administrator at Pelion High School, and in 2014 she became an assistant principal. Ms. Page is the 2018 SC Assistant Principal of the Year and the 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Under her leadership, PHS has reached all-time high scores for each end-of-course examination, achieved the highest graduation rate in school history, and created a dual enrollment program.  She challenges seniors to graduate with post-secondary plans, and since 2015 over 96% of each graduating class has been accepted to college or enlisted in the military.

Hector Espinoza

Hector Espinoza

Hector Espinoza has been serving students for the past 42 years in a variety of roles. He has been an instructional aide, teacher, categorical coordinator, director of activities, assistant principal and principal. He currently is serving in his second year as principal of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, CA, and previously served as principal for 17 years of San Ysidro High School in San Diego; a 2013 and 2017 NASSP Breakthrough School.

Sheila M. Harrity

Sheila M. Harrity

Dr. Sheila M. Harrity is the superintendent-director of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District, which serves over 1,400 students. In addition to the day program, Monty Tech operates its continuing education program, serving over 1,300 adults participating in educational courses and training and retraining programs. Prior to Monty Tech, Dr. Harrity was the principal at Worcester Technical High School, where she was named the 2013 Massachusetts Principal of the Year and 2014 National High School Principal of the Year. In 2013, the school received the National Blue Ribbon School distinction for outstanding student achievement by the U.S. Department of Education.

Kristina MacBury

Kristina MacBury

Kristina MacBury is principal at Sarah Pyle Academy in Wilmington, DE. She is an author, speaker, leadership coach and advocate for school happiness agency. She is a 2018 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year and in 2017 was named a Top 30 Technologist, Transformer and Trailblazer by the Center of Digital Education. Follow her on Twitter @MacBuryKristina and visit her blog, educate4hope.

Brian McCann

Brian McCann

Brian McCann is celebrating his 15th year as principal at Joseph Case High School and was recently awarded as a NASSP 2018 Digital Principal of the Year. He has leveraged integrated educational technology to provide a future-ready education for his students. McCann has removed device restrictions; upgraded connectivity with a free, robust Wi-Fi network; increased technology access by transitioning from a library to a learning commons; and revamped all required technology courses to include coding in multiple languages. His introduction of Google Classroom has transformed the way teachers and students work.

Harold McCray

Harold McCray

Dr. Harold McCray started his career as a sixth grade classroom teacher in Prince George’s County. After seven years teaching classes at Woodridge Elementary School and Barack Obama Elementary School, he became a resource teacher. He was promoted to peer assistance and review teacher for the Office of Employee Performance and Evaluation, then became assistant principal of Glenn Dale Elementary School. Dr. McCray has presented at national conferences, including ASCD and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He completed the Assistant Principal Introduction Program, and was promoted as resident principal of DuVal High School. Upon completion of his residency he was promoted to his current role as principal of James McHenry Elementary School.

Kip Motta

Kip Motta

Kip Motta is the principal of both North Rich Elementary and Rich Middle School and believes it’s the greatest job in the world. He has the opportunity to interact with our society’s most valuable asset—young people. He’s been educating students at these two schools for 20 years—from the first day of their kindergarten year to the last day of their eighth grade. He is confident that, “The future of our world is extremely bright.”

JoVon Rogers

JoVon Rogers

JoVon Rogers is the principal of Gunston Elementary School in Fairfax County. Gunston is a diverse school with about 550 students who speak over 34 languages in kindergarten through grade six and is a part of Hayfield Pyramid Schools. Mrs. Rogers began her career in education in 1995 as a classroom teacher, where she taught third, fourth, and fifth grade, then worked as an instructional coach, extended school year principal, and assistant principal before being named principal.

Tommy T. Welch

Tommy T. Welch

Tommy T. Welch has served as principal at Meadowcreek High School for six years. In that time, he took one of Georgia’s largest, lowest performing, yet most diverse urban schools and raised the graduation rate from 47 to 73 percent, increased SAT scores by 40 points, and decreased discipline over 50 percent. Meadowcreek is recognized by SREB’s Outstanding High Schools That Work Award, Washington Post Most Challenging School, Newsweek and the Georgia Department of Education for Advanced Placement. He has been recognized as Georgia’s Principal of the Year, SREB Outstanding Leader Award, PTA Principal of the Year and NASSP 2018 National Principal of the Year finalist.

Derek McCoy

Derek McCoy

Derek McCoy is the principal of West Rowan Middle School. His focus is on improving student learning and achievement, increasing teaching efficacy, and creating a learning environment that will prepare students for their future. He brings a wide range of experiences as a secondary school assistant principal, instructional coach, director of curriculum and innovation, and principal. He was an NASSP 2014 Digital Principal of the Year and has received recognitions from other groups for his efforts to use social media and technology to help connect learners with best practices and experts, create impactful collaboration networks, and ultimately help grow all schools.