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2016-17 MoASSP 
Assistant Principal of the Year

COLUMBIA, Missouri – Dr. Beth Middendorf, Assistant Principal at Parkway West High School, has been selected as the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP) Assistant Principal of the Year as part of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Assistant Principal of the Year Program.  She was selected based upon the impact she makes in providing collaborative leadership; her involvement in curriculum, instruction and assessment; and in personalizing education for students at Parkway West High School.

Dr. Middendorf will be honored by the MoASSP at their Spring Conference on March 27, 2017, at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.  Phil Lewis, MoASSP Executive Director, said, "The assistant principal is a vital member of the school's administrative team who is expected to be everything to everybody.  The assistant principal is involved with evaluating teachers as well as working with data to improve curriculum and instruction.  Many individuals serve in the role of assistant principal as a career and are dedicated to the students and communities they serve."

Principal Dr. Jeremy Mitchell wrote, “Dr. Middendorf works closely with our progress monitoring coach as well as our PLC Leaders to utilize data to ensure that student growth is continually occurring. She spends countless hours working with individuals to help them lead their team effectively in the present and in the future.”   The individual approach to coaching and leading teachers is supported by teacher Erica Rogers who praised Dr. Middendorf’s ability to encourage teacher innovation.  “For teachers who are hesitant or nervous about trying a new strategy or instructional method as a means to promote student academic growth, Beth is a fantastic support.  She offers coaching, insight, and encouragement to teachers, letting them make professional decisions while assisting in their efforts.  Her work to include staff in academic arenas is intentional and appreciated.”  

It is obvious that Assistant Principal Middendorf is personally involved in promoting student engagement and teacher improvement; however she is also recognized for her use of a team approach for motivating, supporting individuals or groups and solving dilemmas.  Dr. Mitchell is aware that, when necessary, a quality leader uses a variety of resources, “When trying to find solutions to difficult or even not-so-difficult problems, Beth regularly brings in multiple stakeholders to find the best answer.”  

Finding answers and helping students and teachers is what drives Beth Middendorf.  Candy Derbak said this about the tireless work Dr. Middendorf does, “The saying, “going above and beyond’ doesn’t even come close to describing her love, abilities, and the well-being she desires for her students.  She really listens to those around her to assess the situation.”

Dr. Middendorf received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Mathematics from St. Louis University, her Masters in Art in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Louis University.   Dr. Middendorf is in her ninth year as assistant principal at Parkway West HS. 

Past MoASSP Asst. Principals of the Year
91-92           Steve Laub - Rolla JHS
92-93           Sharon Norton - Oakville HS
93-94           Gerald Reynolds - Hazelwood West HS
94-95           Bob Hiatt - North Kansas City HS
95-96           Janis Freeman - Rockwood South MS
96-97           Steve Jurkins - Hazelwood West J/SHS
97-98           Don Andrews - Pleasant Lea JHS
98-99           Joyce Waskow - Lafayette HS
99-00           Kim Presko - Oakland JHS
00-01           Michael Lindquist - Fort Zumwalt West HS
01-02           Cindy Bateman - Lee’s Summit North HS
02-03           George White - Webster Groves HS
03-04           Sean Kirksey - Camdenton MS
04-05           Dale Longenecker - Park Hill South HS​

05-06           Ted Huff - Ft. Zumwalt West MS
06-07           Dayle Burgdorf - University City HS
07-08           Alice Manus - Soldan International Studies
08-09           Cathy Lorenz - Rockwood Summit HS
09-10           Jeffrey Meisenheimer - Lee’s Summit HS
10-11            Kirsten Clemons - Blue Springs South HS
11-12            Kristina Harwood - Eldon HS
12-13           Kelle McCallum - Washington HS
13-14           Deborah Miller - Park Hill HS
14-15           Deborah Cantwell - Joplin HS
15-16           Clint Ross - Lawson HS​

16-17           Beth Middendorf - Parkway West HS