March 2023

GASSP Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dr. Chad Stone

It is a GREAT DAY to be a school leader. As the President of GASSP, I want to thank you for all you do for our students in the state of Georgia. Our AP conference in March was a huge success. Thank you to all that made this great learning opportunity happen for our leaders.  As you read this newsletter, most of us will be or soon will be enjoying Spring Break and Easter Break. Please take time to thank the people who have made a difference in your life and made you Better Today Than Yesterday. Enjoy a little break before the mad rush toward graduation starts and Happy Easter to everyone.    

To be a great leader, we have to value our time. Time is our most valuable possession. We need to use it everyday to build positive relationships with our family, friends, and school staff. Each person is given 24 hours every day to make our world a better place. Use your time wisely! Do things each day that will make others around you Better Today Than Yesterday.  

Go ahead and mark your calendar for November 2023 to join us for an incredible fall conference in Savannah. It will be a wonderful opportunity to come together with fellow leaders as we all learn and grow professionally. We are in the learning business, so we need to model ways to continue to learn and grow daily. In addition to planning for our fall conference, I hope to see everyone at the Summer GAEL conference. Summer GAEL will be at the beach! Plan to attend the conference this July. During the conference we will get to learn, network, and have a little down time before we start the 2023-2024 school year. Also Summer GAEL is when our new leadership is sworn into office. I am so excited to be able to pass the leadership torch over this summer to Dr. Elizabeth Bennett as our new President. Dr. Bennett will definitely make our great organization Better Today Than Yesterday!  

The goal of any organization is improvement, and membership is the key to success for our organization. Now is the time to make plans to send in your institutional membership dues for the 2023-2024 school year. Our executive board has voted to make the dues easy and simple for all schools. For a bargain price of $350.00 your school will be a member of GASSP. This price includes all leadership roles in your school. Please join today and High School principals please join for your middle schools.   

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your district representative with any question, concern, or suggestion you may have. We are here to serve you as you lead the middle or high school in your community.

Being a member of GASSP makes us all Better Today Than Yesterday!


Dr. Chad Stone

Letter from

President Elect

Dr Elizabeth Bennett

Spring season is here! Spring brings scheduling, budgeting and preparing for the 23-24 school year. As principals we have one foot in this year and the other in the next. True leadership involves looking ahead at all times.Though this time can be hectic it is essential to create an organized plan for the upcoming school year. As you work through your 23-24 budget, I encourage you to plan for important networking and professional learning opportunities. Sending assistant principals and aspiring leaders is also essential to the success of your school and GASSP. We look forward to networking and learning with you at the following events in 2023-2024!

Summer GAEL July 9th-12th, 2023

GASSP Fall Conference Nov. 13-14, 2023

GASSP AP Conference - March 2024

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett

Current Membership is 1100!

Thank you for helping us reach our goal of 1000 members! It is time to start thinking about membership for next school year. There will be one institutional membership to join your entire leadership team.


Institutional Membership

2023 Melton Callahan/Lifetouch Scholarship

The deadline has been extended to April 7, 2023.

Click here to Apply!

Scholarship Requirements: 

  • Student is a current High School Senior in the state of Georgia.
  • Student plans to attend a post-secondary or military program after graduation.
  • Parent of the applicant is a current GASSP member for the past three years. 

GASSP Members at the NASSP Conference. Read more below!

GASSP Principal of the Year

Dr Chad Stone

Tift County High School

Congratulations to Dr Stone. We wish him the best of luck as he goes on to represent the state of Georgia at the national level (NASSP) competition.

GASSP Middle School Principal of the Year

Dr. Suzan Harris

Hendersen Middle School

GASSP Members Attend the National School Leaders Advocacy Conference

State Coordinators Dr. Suzan Harris and Mr. Bivins Miller along with President-Elect Dr. Elizabeth Bennett and Associate Director Wanda Law traveled to Washington DC this week to collaborate with other educational leaders throughout the nation. They went to the capitol to meet with Georgia Senators and Representatives to advocate for public education.

Congratulations to Dr. Harris for her invitation to present on a policy panel at the conference. She had important information to share on Title II funding and strategies to reduce the teacher shortage. She stressed the importance of continued funding to help meet the social emotional needs of our students.

Dr. Harris Presents on a Panel at the NASSP/NAESP Advocacy Conference

District Highlight

District G

Ryan Meeks

Union Grove High School



Contact Information

Alan Long

(706) 264-5843

Wanda Law 

(404) 213-4670

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Hello GASSP Members!

 I want to personally Thank you for being a member of GASSP this year and all of the past years of membership. We had over 1,100 members this year and our goal for next year is 1,350. Remember there is strength in numbers when we go to the Capitol and when our membership is strong our voice is loud!

We will be starting our new membership drive on April 10 and you will be receiving , via email and mail, your renewal form for your school institutional and individual membership. We have clarified the Institutional Membership now and in the future by giving every school the opportunity to pay one $350.00 fee for the entire administration of the school. No more 20dollar fees for additional AP’s or instructional coaches, one fee pays for everyone. All you have to do is list all the names and emails of the school admin staff. Remember to join your Athletic Directors and Instructional Coaches also.

We look forward to seeing you at Summer Gael and SAVE THE DATE, November 13-14 in Savannah for the GASSP Fall Conference! Great opportunity to network with school leaders and recharge.

Congratulations to Dr. Chad Stone-High School Principal of the Year and Dr. Suzan Harris, Middle School Principal of the Year for 2023-2024!

Have a great finish of the school year!