Steve Pophal, the Principal of D.C. Everest Junior High School in Weston, Wisconsin, is the current President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). NASSP is the preeminent leadership organization representing middle level and high school principals and assistant principals across the United States.

Steve grew up in a small town in north central Wisconsin and ate free lunch each day. These humble beginnings center him with a deep understanding that high quality public education is the system that ensures every child across America has opportunity and hope for a bright future.

Steve has worked tirelessly to ensure quality education for all students during his twenty-five years of educational service. He started his career as a junior high social studies teacher. Since then he has spent seventeen years as a building administrator in the positions of high school principal and assistant principal, and middle school principal. In 2004, the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils honored him as Principal of the Year. In 2008, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for demonstrated leadership to the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

A strong advocate for secondary education, Steve currently chairs the NASSP committee regarding the recruitment of minority group members. Historically, he was the President of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, co-chaired the Wisconsin administrative task force on administrative licensure, and is a past member of the Wisconsin School Administrators Alliance Steering Committee, a group dedicated to educational advocacy.

His mission as the President of NASSP is to forward the cause of the associations’ members. He believes the association’s members are ordinary people doing extraordinary work each day to meet the needs of students across our nation, and he is honored to serve them.

Steve Pophal's Presentation:
Principals of the Year: Reflections of a Reader