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Cassandra Dowd Named Tennessee Assistant Principal of the Year

Date: 12/17/2015
News Release Number: 15-135
cdowd Cassandra Dowd assistant principal of Bearden High School, has been named the State Assistant Principal of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals. Designated a state winner in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Assistant Principal of the Year program, Mrs. Dowd is eligible for consideration to be named the National Assistant Principal of the Year.

Mrs. Cassandra Dowd earned a B.A. in English Education from Trevecca University and a M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University. She started her career as an English Teacher in Blount County in 1996 and became an assistant principal there in 2007. She joined Knox County as an assistant principal at Bearden High in 2013.

Mrs. Dowd has worked with 9th grade students throughout her career and strives to make this transition year a success for all students. She believes in building relationships with students and holding them accountable to help them achieve their potential. She is married to David Dowd, and they have two children, Callie and Will.

“The assistant principal is one of the most essential and least recognized roles in education. Research continues to underscore the importance of school leadership to student success, and that leadership is most effective when distributed among a team of high-quality professionals,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “The assistant principal is a crucial member of that team, and NASSP is proud to honor models of excellence in the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year program.”

The NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year program annually honors a winner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. From this pool of outstanding assistant principals, three national finalists are named in February and one national winner will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges and announced during the Ignite ’16 Conference in Orlando, FL, February 25-27.

All state winners will be honored at Ignite ’16--where they will participate in professional development and networking opportunities with their peers—and during National Assistant Principals Week, April 11-15, 2016.

Additional information about the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year program can be found at

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.
Point of Contact at Knox County Schools are
Melissa Ogden, 594-1905 or
Abbey Harris, 594-2972, or
Excellence for All Children
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