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Region Principal of the Year and Principal of the Year (POY)

Dr. Charles TenBroeck Named AASSP Alaska Principal of the Year


May 3, 2023

The Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP) is proud to announce our Alaska Principal of the Year for 2023 is Dr. Charles TenBroeck, principal of Hopson Middle School in Utqiagvik, Alaska.

Dr. TenBroeck grew up in Michigan and served in the United State Marine Corps. He was recognized as the 3rd Marine Division “Marine of the Year” in 1993.

Dr. TenBroeck received his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, his Master’s degree from Marygrove College, and his Doctorate from Liberty University.

Dr. TenBroeck taught for 13 years in Michigan before moving to Alaska to teach at Eben Hopson Middle School in 2014. He became the school’s assistant principal in 2017 and has served as principal since 2018.

Brendan Wilson, President of AASSP, said Dr. TenBroeck deserves this recognition. “Dr. TenBroeck has served for five years as principal at Hopson Middle, providing consistent and excellent leadership, which is crucial in all school settings, especially rural Alaska. Congratulations to Dr. Charles TenBroeck on his well-deserved recognition as AASSP’s principal of the year.”

AASSP sponsors Regional and Statewide Principal of the Year recognition programs

Region Principal & Assistant Principal of the Year Award (requires a nomination)
A call for nominations is made each January, with recognition at the Fall Principals Conference each year. Nominations should be submitted through the approved nomination application form which will be directed to the designated AASSP Region Director, who coordinates the voting/selection process for their Region.

All principals nominated for Regional Principal of the Year must be a member of AASSP/NASSP at time of nomination and selection and must have been a principal for three or more years.

Regional Principals of the Year may be nominated by anyone — students, staff, parents, district office staff or principal peers. Nominations must include a RPOY Nomination form that can be obtained by the Regional AASSP board member.

Only nominations that meet all above criteria will be included in the ballot for each region. Selection of the RPOY is made only by current AASSP members in their region.

Winners of their region’s RPOY award are encouraged to then apply for the Alaska Principal of the Year by completing the NASSP National Principal of the Year Award Application.

Alaska Principal of the Year Award (requires completion of an application)
All regional winners will be eligible to complete the Alaska State Principal & Assistant Principal of the Year Award Application. Applicants must be members of AASSP and NASSP at the time of application, and must have been a principal in a K-12, middle or high school for three years. Applicants must be a member of AASSP/NASSP at the time of recognition and meet all other criteria.

A selection committee is formed and makes final selection. The selections made for Alaska Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year are then invited to complete the NASSP application for consideration as National Principal & Assistant Principal of the Year.