Why You Should Join the West Virginia Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals!

Dear School Leaders:

Please take a moment to consider joining the West Virginia Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.  As you lead in the 2023-2024 school year, both associations are here to assist you.

This past year has been challenging and positive for public education, but we are dedicated to advocating for you and offering support for schools.  This year we will be lobbying at the legislature, speaking at WVDE events, holding our annual statewide conference, and working with other organizations to advocate for school principals and assistant principals.  This past year, members spoke at legislative hearings, educational forums and lobbied on behalf of the students and administrators throughout the state. As we enter the 2023-24 Legislative session it is critical our members make their voices known!

We must work together to make sure voices at the school level are heard.  We need new and dedicated members to make our needs known and your voices heard!  We are here to support you as you lead, as you work to build the capacity of your teachers and staff, to create a strong school community, and most importantly, to help your students achieve!  Below are a few of the benefits of NAESP and WVAEMSP membership:

As we pivot to the new school year, it is critical that we join together to advocate for our students, teachers, and schools. In the past, we have achieved many goals including pay raises, funding issues, the removal of A-F ratings, changes in assessment, the 180-school day calendar and fighting for you in the WV Legislature.   We strongly advocate for a full-time principal and counselor in every school.  Please contact us with any ideas that you have about how we can better meet your needs and advocate for school leaders and our students.

Membership Forms & Payments: Complete the membership form provided.  Please note the following change, which is effective immediately. All membership enrollment forms, renewals, purchase orders, payments, etc., will be submitted to NAESP directly.

Together we are strong!  Contact Dr. Mickey Blackwell with any questions you may have regarding WVAEMSP.

Mickey Blackwell, Ed.D.
Executive Director
West Virginia Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals
Box 4785 Charleston, WV, 25364

Jackie McGrail
Associate Executive Director, Membership
1615 Duke St
Alexandria, VA  22314

We’ve got your back in the Mountain State.

We connect you across the USA.

  • Join focused discussions and network with others through our online community, edWeb and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Get a member discount for NAESP’s Annual Conference where you’ll rub shoulders with leading luminaries in national education.
  • Communities of Practice  Join to network with other principals and assistant principals in pursuit of the highest and most meaningful results for schools. By joining a community, you will identify and share best practices, current research and resources; promote the essential leadership role of the principal; and create a network of colleagues with an interest in expanding their learning


National /West Virginia News

  • We have developed a new and responsive website, and in August we will have daily Twitter and Facebook updates on West Virginia news and school-related information.
  • Principal magazine brings you timely articles, promising practices to share, and the latest developments in the field.
  • Ongoing free professional development webinars and online learning for you and your staff from the leading names in the field.
  • Topical handouts for your parents – Once a month, receive a downloadable Report to Parents ready to go in English and Spanish.
  • The Center for New Principals – a convenient, one-stop site with tips and vital information for those new to the profession.
  • Search Job Openings Nationwide

As a NAESP member, you have 20,000 colleagues facing the same challenges ready to share breakthroughs, new ideas, and best practices with you.

Contact WVAEMSP Executive Director Mickey Blackwell at Mblackwell@wvprincipals.org or call 304-610-6680.

Contact the NAESP Member Service Center toll-free at 800-386-2377 or membership@naesp.org.