Susan K. Danielson

Virginia’s 2020

NAESP National Distinguished Principal

well-being and learning of our children first. Together We are Stronger!” The 2020 celebration marks the 37th year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) in conjunction with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) has presented this prestigious award. 

​Ms. Danielson was notified of the award in a surprise phone call on Baldwin.  Ms. Danielson was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by VAESP.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from P.E, Kearney State College, Kearney, NE, and Master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and George Mason Universities in Virginia. 

“At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal. Our NAESP National Distinguished Principal program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities.  Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally, and communities are strengthened,” said former NAESP Executive Director, Gail Connelly. 

In the fall, Ms. Danielson, as a guest of NAESP, will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools.  She will be formally recognized by VAESP at the next scheduled VAESP Conference. 

Criteria for selection of the principals, set by NAESP, require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.   Ms. Danielson has been an active participant at the last six Community Service Days during the NAESP Conferences, the Lifetouch Mission Trip to Constanza, Dominican Republic, recipient of the VIP Board of Education Excellence Award the VAESP School Bell Award. ​​

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Woodbridge, VIRGINIA – March 25, 2020 Sue Danielson, principal of Rosa Parks Elementary in Woodbridge, VA was selected as Virginia’s recipient of the 2020 NAESP National Distinguished Principal Award. When informed of her selection, Sue noted, “I am both humbled and honored to represent the Principals of Virginia as we embark into these uncharted waters of education. Educators across our state will continue to put the social and emotional 

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