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.

Tennessee’s 2019
National Distinguished Principals

Dr. Stacy Edwards Principal Andrew Johnson Elementary Kingsport, TN

Dr. Brian Partin Principal Robinson Middle School Kingsport, TN

Tennessee’s 2019
National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

Frederick J. Hewitt
Assistant Principal
DuPont-Hadley Middle 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

2019 Tennessee Principals Conference

The 2019 Tennessee Principals Conference is November 17-19 at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.  CLICK HERE for Conference Registration and additional information.

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.

2018-2019 Events

March 15, 2019

Applications due for Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

March 15, 2019

Applications due for National Distinguished Principal Award Program

March 17-20, 2019

National Leaders Conference (Arlington, VA) by invitation

March 30, 2019

Applications due for National Distinguished Principal Award

May 13-16, 2019

State Executive Directors Meeting (Colorado Springs, CO) by invitation

May 30–June 2, 2019

2019-20 TPA Board of Directors Summer Planning Meeting (Nashville)

July 10-12, 2019

NAESP PreK-8 National Principals Conference (Spokane, WA)

November 17-19, 2019

Tennessee Principals Conference, Peabody Hotel(Memphis)


  • 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