Message from our Executive Director

Dear AASSP Members,

It is such a privilege to be promoting the critical role of the principal. After more than 20 years as a secondary school principal and having just completed my year as the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, I have seen first hand the importance of the principal. I know how principals impact the climate and tenor of their schools, but more importantly, how they impact the future of their students. Few of us will ever know how many lives we have impacted, and the effect those lives will have on our communities, our state and our world.

As the president of NASSP, my goal was to “take back the conversation” on education; the conversation that says that schools are pulling themselves out of the muck and mire of poor quality education. I believe that our schools are not moving from bad to good, but from good to great — and that great schools are the result of great school leaders — leaders like you!

It is the principal who creates the culture where teachers and students feel challenged, engaged and empowered.

As I begin my first year as the executive director of the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals, I want to thank you for being a part of our statewide organization. I assure you that as your new executive director I will take every opportunity to promote the role of the principal to our government leaders, school administrators, and the general public. I have met with John Pile, executive director of the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals and have been in constant communication with your president, president-elect, and other board members. The future for AASSP, AAESP, and education in Alaska is bright and promising.

Please know that our office has been relocated to Eagle River and is up and running and open for business. Please feel free to contact me at, or by calling 907-694-3503, or through the mail at AASSP, 21949 Lower Canyon Dr., Eagle River, AK 99577. I look forward to meeting with you at our October conference and hearing from each of you about what YOU expect from your state, and national, organizations.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve,
Denise Greene-Wilkinson
Executive Director
Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals