Each year, SAANYS celebrates exceptional New York State administrators with a state awards program in their honor. This program was established to recognize educators who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and have made exceptional contributions to the educational process. SAANYS is proud to highlight member accomplishments and share their successes.

This year’s nomination process has closed but please consider nominating a colleague for the 2025 awards program. For more information on the SAANYS awards program, please contact Holly Bell at

Please note: If you are applying for a national award, please be cognizant of the eligibility criteria described within. If you meet the national criteria, fill out the national application only. If you are not eligible for a national award based on the criteria, please fill out the SAANYS state-level application only, as you may still be eligible for a state-level award.



    (If self-nomination, complete only the Nominee section)
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    The SAANYS Awards Committee will review nomination forms and consider candidates for ALL awards for which they qualify. If, as a nominator, you wish to recommend an award you feel is appropriate, please do so here. Learn more about awards criteria


*For NASSP Nominations: Principal candidates must have served as a principal at one or more middle level or high schools for three or more consecutive school years.

For NAESP Nominations: Principal candidates must have been a member of NAESP for at least three consecutive years at the time of nomination and be a practicing principal with at least five years of experience in the principalship. For AP award, NAESP membership and at least two years of experience in the role.

For additional national rules and criteria, visit: