Announcing the Texas 2017 National Distinguished Principal

Galveston ISD Educator Named Texas 2017 National Distinguished Principal

Galveston, TX – In a surprise announcement, Principal Annette Dailey will be named the Texas 2017 National Distinguished Principal (NDP) by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) at 11 am Monday, May 22, at Crenshaw Elementary School. Dailey will be awarded a check for $10,000 thanks to a generous donation from long-time TEPSA business partner Mentoring Minds. She will represent Texas at the National Distinguished Principals program sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) in Washington, D.C. in October.

“Annette’s dedication to building a family of learning within the school and the community is inspiring,” TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart said. “She has a proven track record of creating a culture where students are empowered, given opportunities to learn, and provided with the appropriate support to help them succeed.”

Dailey has a history of leading schools to success. She began the principalship in 2002 at L.A. Morgan Elementary School. The school had an eight percent passing rate in science. Not only did Dailey lead the school to excellence, she led a community wide effort to change the stigma of the school which resulted in ending the 1957 court order for racial segregation.

In 2013 when she arrived at Crenshaw, Dailey quickly realized students did not have access to school supplies, shoes, coats or other daily necessities. With a goal of meeting the emotional, physical and educational needs of 100 percent of her students, Dailey began contacting community members and seeking out grant opportunities. Today community organizations provide supplies, clothing, scholarships, staff development, health screenings, mentors, and even an extra meal to all students before they go home every day.

“Annette is often sought after by her administrative colleagues to offer guidance and provide support,” wrote Galveston ISD Superintendent Kelli Moulton in her recommendation letter. “Annette has prepared herself for success as a principal for her school, as a leader for Texas and as an amazing model of a professional public school educator.”

At the forefront of creating and implementing more than 100 professional development opportunities, Bailey finds inspiration from helping others realize their potential as leaders. Under her tutelage, seven teachers in GISD have moved into administrative roles, and her leadership talents have resulted in many honors, including recognition as one of the highest achieving schools in the district.

Dailey has a history of leading schools to success.

“Texas principals are doing outstanding work to spur student growth. Mentoring Minds is proud to highlight that work through our tradition of partnering with TEPSA to recognize visionary educators like Annette as the 2017 National Distinguished Principal to represent our state,” Mentoring Minds Chief Executive Officer Michael Lujan said.

TEPSA received 123 nominations for the 2017 NDP award. After a rigorous reading process, in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists. These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators. Dailey will receive her award Wednesday, June 14, during the TEPSA Summer Conference in Austin.

TEPSA, whose hallmark is educational leaders learning with and from each other, has served Texas school leaders since 1917. Member owned and member governed, TEPSA has more than 5,800 members who direct the activities of more than 3 million PreK-8 school children. Learn more at

Sponsored by NAESP, The National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure that America’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. The program was established in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities. Learn more at

About Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life company

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