3 Finalists Chosen for 2022 Alabama's NAESP National Distinguished Principal

Montgomery, Ala. – January 26, 2022: Dr. Alice Turney (Riverchase Elementary, Hoover City), Mrs. Brigett Stewart (Piedmont Elementary, Piedmont City), and Dr. Bradley Scott (Blossomwood Elementary, Huntsville City) were chosen as finalists for the 2022 Alabama's NAESP National Distinguished Principal.
Jan 31, 2022 by Alyssa Godfrey, CLAS Director of Communications & Technology

Three elementary school principals have been selected as finalists for Alabama’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal. The finalists are:

  • Dr. Alice Turney, Riverchase Elementary, Hoover City (District IV)
  • Mrs. Brigett Stewart, Piedmont Elementary, Piedmont City (District V)
  • Dr. Bradley Scott, Blossomwood Elementary, Huntsville City (District X)

A panel of judges will conduct a school visit with each finalist. Interviews with the finalist, teachers, parents, and community members are part of the overall judging process. After all site visits have concluded, the judges will meet to select Alabama’s National Distinguished Principal. A winner will be announced in early spring 2022.

The Alabama National Distinguished Principal program is the state recognition program of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Distinguished Principal program. The Alabama program is sponsored by AAESA and Classworks. An office makeover will be provided by Interior Elements to the Alabama National Distinguished Principal.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Godfrey, CLAS Director of Communications, at 334.265.3610 or at

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About the NAESP National Distinguished Principal Award: Each year, NDPs represent Pre-K through grade 8 public schools from across the country as well as principals in U.S. private schools and those from the United States Departments of Defense Office of Educational Activity and the United States Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Public school elementary and middle-level principals are nominated by peers in their state, and final selections are made by committees appointed by each of NAESP’s state affiliate offices. Honorees from private schools and overseas schools are selected by special committees.

About AAESA and CLAS: The Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators is a state chapter of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and an affiliate association of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).  CLAS is an umbrella association that serves twelve different affiliates comprised of Alabama’s 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 Classworks: Classworks is K-8 digital instruction in math, reading, and language arts proven to help students become critical thinkers and independent learners. Classworks provides individualized instruction for every student based on their assessment results to close learning gaps. Classworks also delivers on-grade level, rigorous lessons for the classroom that helps teachers teach through technology. Classworks results-driven, engaging educational solutions are built upon strong instructional pedagogy and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning.

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.