2023-2024 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Principal of the Year

  • Photo of the AACPS Principal of the Year, Heather Garris

    Tracey's Elementary School Principal, Heather Garris, was named the 2023-2024 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Principal of the Year!

    Garris has been principal at Tracey’s Elementary School since 2018. She has worked for Anne Arundel County Public Schools since 2007 and spent the first seven years of her career as a teacher and behavioral specialist at Oak Hill, Freetown, and Annapolis elementary schools. Her administrative roles included serving as assistant principal at Solley Elementary School for three years and as principal at Severn Elementary School for one year prior to moving to Tracey’s. Read the full news release here.

    Congratulations to all of our 2023-2024 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Principal of the Year nominess: 

    • Deneen Houghton, Oak Hill Elementary School
    • Bonnie Myers, Bodkin Elementary School
    • Joe Rose, Center of Applied Technology - North 


George Arlotto Leadership Award

  • The George Arlotto Leadership Award recognizes one outstanding Principal in AACPS annually. This award is named in honor of Dr. Arlotto, who served AACPS for 16 years, including eight years as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Arlotto referred to himself as a "recovering High School Principal" and was instrumental in the creation of the Principal of the Year program in our school system. Each year, AACPS school principals demonstrating exceptional leadership are recognized and honored as nominees for the George Arlotto Leadership  Award. 

Excellence in Education Awards Dinner

Former AACPS Principal of the Year Winners


  • For questions about the George Arlotto Leadership Award selection process or the Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony:

    Jenn Lombardi
    Senior Manager, Office of School and Family Partnerships

    Meghan Willmore
    Marketing and Outreach Specialist, Communications Office