Ronald Pinson Named Alabama's 2021 Principal of the Year

Ronald Pinson Named Alabama's 2021 Principal of the Year Sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance and Interior Elements
Feb 26, 2021 by Alyssa Godfrey, Director of Communications and Technology


Clanton, Ala – February 26, 2021:  Mr. Ronald Pinson, principal of Chilton County High School in the Chilton County School System, has been named 2021 Alabama High School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).  

Pinson has served a total of 21 years in education with the last 9 years in administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University Montgomery in 2000 where he later obtained a master’s degree in social science in 2005. In 2012, he received a master’s in instructional leadership from the University of Alabama.  

The High School Principal of the Year award was presented to Pinson on Friday, February 26, 2021, at Chilton County High School. Chilton County Superintendent Jason Griffin was in attendance for the presentation. American Fidelity Assurance sponsors this award annually and Interior Elements grants an office makeover to the winner. 

As principal of Chilton County High School, Pinson has implemented many programs and events which are student-centered, focusing on rewarding students’ accomplishments. Among the programs implemented during his tenure at CCHS are the Student of the Month, Academic Letter Club, Senior Led Conferences, Senior Blitz, PTO, and the Chilton County High School Alumni Hall of Fame. 

Pinson’s educational strategy is to introduce programs to help bridge the gap between the community, parents, and the school. He credits support from parents and the community with an increase in student achievement which resulted in a 5-point gain on the school’s state report card score in just one year. Also, because of these community outreach activities, the school’s climate and culture have changed significantly in a positive manner. 

Each AASSP district names a district nominee for the High School Principal of the Year Award. The district winners are: 

District 1
Charles “Chip” Menton Theodore High Mobile County
District 2 Andrea Maness Carroll High Ozark City
District 3 Ronald Pinson Chilton County High Chilton County
District 4 Wes Rogers Elmore County High Elmore County
District 5 Terrell Brown Woodlawn High Birmingham City
District 6 Rusty Thrasher Cedar Bluff High Cherokee County
District 7N Jerry Hill Brooks High Lauderdale County
District 7S Jeff Cole Winston County High Winston County
District 8 Sylvia Lambert Bob Jones High Madison City

Of the district nominees, three were named finalists. The finalists interviewed with a panel of judges at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November where the winner was determined. The three finalists were Sylvia Lambert, Andrea Maness, and Ronald Pinson. Each year, an overall winner is chosen from the High School and Middle School Principals of the Year. Pinson was selected as Alabama’s overall Principal of the Year for 2021.

"On behalf of Chilton County Schools and me, personally, we would like to congratulate Mr. Ron Pinson on this honor,” said Chilton County Schools Superintendent Jason Griffin. “Over his time as principal, Mr. Pinson's leadership has increased and improved the educational opportunities for our students and for that we are appreciative! Congratulations Mr. Pinson!"

“It’s such a wonderful opportunity when we get to recognize the amazing leaders in our state. Principals such as Ron Pinson have a profound influence over their school and community. I’m so proud to present him with the High School Principal of the Year Award and also proud that he’s the overall winner for Alabama,” comments AASSP and CLAS Executive Director Dr. Vic Wilson.

The Alabama Principal of the Year Award is sponsored by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals and American Fidelity Assurance. A trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the NASSP Principal of the Year Awards Program is provided by AASSP.  Additionally, an office makeover is provided by Interior Elements.

Pinson will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the CLAS Convention on June 15, 2021, at the BJCC in Birmingham. The CLAS Convention is the largest gathering of school leaders in the state of Alabama. He will also be recognized at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November 2021.

About AASSP and CLAS: The Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals is an affiliate association of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).  CLAS is an umbrella association that serves eleven different affiliates comprised of Alabama’s000003 public school administrators.  CLAS is dedicated to providing the framework to connect dedicated school administrators and other successful leaders with a network for professional growth and support.  For more information, visit

About American Fidelity Assurance: American Fidelity Assurance provides employee and employer benefit solutions for education employees. They are a long-time supporter of CLAS and the sponsor of the Alabama High School Principal of the Year award.

About Interior Elements: Interior Elements is a furniture dealer that services the K-12 market. Each year, Interior Elements provides an office makeover for the Alabama High School Principal of the Year.

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