Tennessee Principals Association

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The Tennessee Principals Association (TPA) was founded in 1939 as a support system for Tennessee school leaders.  Over the decades, TPA has evolved as the premier professional association for K-8 Tennessee principals as well as district leaders.

Congratulations to Tyler Salyer
Elected as TPA Vice-President

Principal, Collierville Elementary School

Tennessee’s 2020
National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

Dr. Amy Via
Assistant Principal
Glencliff Elementary School
Nashville, TN

Tennessee Principals Serving On
NAESP Board of Directors

Kimbrelle Lewis
NAESP Vice President
Principal, Memphis TN

Dr. Ann-Marie Gleason
NAESP Zone 4 Director
Principal, Nashville TN

Dr. Kevin Armstrong
Principal, Nashville TN

The mission of the Tennessee Principals Association is to support, empower, and connect Tennessee Principals.


During school hours, you work tirelessly to support staff and keep your school running smoothly, ensuring a safe and enriching learning environment in which every child can succeed. After dismissal, you’re still on the job. Teachers look to you for leadership and guidance. Parents come to you with questions and concerns. Students consider you a role model.

You do it all, and you love it. But even principals require support. TPA and NAESP are committed to providing the resources you need to serve your students, school, and community to your full potential.

2020-2021 Events

May 2020

State Executive Directors Meeting (location TBA)

by invitation

May 29-31, 2020

2020-21 TPA Board Summer Planning Meeting

July 12-14, 2020

NAESP PreK-8 Principals Conference (Louisville, KY)

July 12-14, 2020

NAESP PreK-8 Principals Conference (Louisville, KY)

September 2020

Articles due for Fall Issue of Tennessee Principal

October 22-23, 2020

National Distinguished Principals Program (Washington, DC)

November 15-17, 2020

Tennessee Principals Conference, Nashville Airport Marriott (Nashville)

November 15-17, 2020

2020 Tennessee Principals Conference (Nashville, TN)

February 2021

Articles due for Spring Issue of Tennessee Principal

February 21-24, 2021

National Leaders Conference (Arlington, VA) – by invitation

February 28, 2021

Applications due for Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

March 30, 2021

Applications due for National Distinguished Principal Award

May 2021

State Executive Directors Meeting (location TBA)

– by invitation

June 4-6, 2021

2021-22 TPA Board Summer Planning Meeting

July 8-12, 2021

NAESP PreK-8 Principals Conference (Chicago, IL)


  • Professional Membership
  • Professional Liability Coverage ($2 million)
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Advocacy in Washington
  • TPA Publications: TN Principal Journal & TNPRIN News
  • NAESP Publications: Principal Magazine, Communicator e-newsletter, Principal Insights
  • Professional Networks
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  • SUPPORT Tennessee Principals to enhance professional skill level
  • EMPOWER Tennessee Principals to build leadership capacity
  • CONNECT Tennessee Principals to expand professional networks
  • DEVELOP long-term financial infrastructure to enable TPA to become the premier education leadership association for Tennessee Principals