Charles County Public Schools has updated the nomination process for the Washington Post Principal of the Year Award. The secretary to the principal will submit the nomination and supporting documentation electronically.  If a parent or a member of the community would like to nominate a principal for this prestigious award, please contact the school.  CCPS Nomination Criteria icon acrobat    Washington Post Nomination Criteria icon acrobat

Nomination Criteria
All nominees must be a principal who: 

  1. Is a full-time principal (in grades Pre-K – 12) with five years experience as a principal, three of which must be in their assigned school or school system in which he/or she is currently serving.
  2. Manage effectively.
  3. Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation.
  4. Foster cooperation between the school and the community.
  5. Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff.
  6. Keep abreast of developments in the field of education.
  7. Encourage team spirit.
  8. Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment.
  9. Continue to play an active role in the classroom.
  10. Maintain their position as principal throughout the 2019-20 school year.
  11. Has not been the recipient of the Washington Post Principal of the Year Award in the past.


Nomination Process
Binders are not required. All nominations and supporting documents will be submitted electronically.

  1. Name of contact person, school name/address and list of committee members. If nominated by a parent or student, contact information (i.e., phone number and address).
  2. A minimum of four statements of support. Letters are required from the following: one letter from a parent, one letter from a student, one letter from a staff member, and one letter from a colleague.  One statement of support must be from a professional educator.  All letters/statements of support must contain a physical signature and be scanned as one document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Letter submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. on December 7, 2018.
  3. A career summary (a bulleted list, not a resume).
  4. A 200-word biography written to highlight the specific award for which the awardee was nominated. Nomination criteria listed above should be used as a guide.
  5. A description of contributions in each of the nomination criteria.
  6. One vertical, 3 x 5, color photograph, “headshot only”. The image must be a high-resolution JPG file with a minimum of 2MB.  Electronic photo submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. on December 7, 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


All electronic nominations, photo, and scanned letters of support are due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than  3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018.
Late submissions will not be accepted.


For more information, contact Ramona DiBenedetto at 301-934-7242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.