Anne Marie Covey Selected as Wyoming’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal

Anne Marie Covey Selected as Wyoming’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal

Anne Marie Covey, principal of Washington Elementary School in Green River was selected as Wyoming’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal.

GREEN RIVER — Anne Marie Covey, principal of Washington Elementary School in Green River, was selected as Wyoming’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal.

The 2022 celebration marks the 39th year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has presented this prestigious award.

Covey was nominated and selected by fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Wyoming Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals, said WAEMSP Executive Director Kenny Jones.

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Covey is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Lesley University and Denver University. She served as an elementary teacher and administrator from 1997-2007 in Colorado. She became the principal at Washington Elementary in 2007.

“Before the pandemic, principals earned the reputation as one of the most trusted groups of leaders,” said NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE. “Now, as they continue to grapple with uncertainty and challenges related to the pandemic, their devotion to their profession and their communities is even more evident as they strive for educational excellence and wellbeing for their students and staff. Our heartfelt congratulations and thank you to this class of NAESP National Distinguished Principals, who have shown that their dedicated leadership and passion for students and their communities will outshine any challenges that are thrown their way.”

In October 2022, Covey will travel to Washington, D.C. for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools.


Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

“Mrs. Covey’s leadership has set a standard in our schools that is a model for all. Her district meetings, staff meetings, and other committee works is focused on student emotional and academic success, and she provides everyone a path to reach high achievement,” SCSD No. 2 Superintendent Craig Barringer said.

Since 1956, the Wyoming Association of Elementary and Middle School Principal has served as Wyoming’s professional educational association and now represents 192 elementary and middle school principals and aspiring principals throughout the state.

WAEMSP maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C. based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 18,000 members worldwide.