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Melanie Smith • 2017 Maine's NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Melanie Smith Named 2017 Maine's NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

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Augusta, ME – The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Melanie Smith, Assistant Principal of Messalonskee Middle School, has been named Maine’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year. She will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet at the Spring Conference on April 27, 2017.


Ms. Smith received the award based on her accomplishments as a strong team player. She is committed to teaching, coaching and assisting others during professional development focusing on student learning. Her strong work ethic, high expectations, and desire to help all be successful learners is what drives her to be a highly respected administrator.

In announcing Ms. Smith’s selection as 2017 Maine’s NAESP Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director Richard Durost noted, “The MPA is pleased to recognize Melanie Smith as the MPA/NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year! Melanie, drawing from her own teaching experiences, has helped teachers analyze instructional practice fostering student academic success. She is the facilitator that causes students, parents and teachers to view each situation in terms of what is best for the student, not necessarily the adults.”

Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002 from Merrimack College. She then went on to complete the Teacher Certification Program at the University of New England in 2005 and then she received her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 2011.

She began her educational career as a 6th grade teacher at Alfred Elementary School in 2005, a 5th grade teacher at the C.K. Burns School in Saco in 2006, a 5th grade teacher at the Williams Elementary School in 2008 and finally she has been the Assistant Principal of Messalonskee Middle School since 2011.

Ms. Smith is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

The Maine Principals’ Association is a professional association representing Maine’s K-12 educational leaders. The Association dates its history back to 1921 and focuses its work on promoting the principalship, educational leadership, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.

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