Cedar Rapids Washington's Valerie Nyberg is Assistant Secondary Principal of the Year


Valerie Nyberg, associate principal at Cedar Rapids Washington High School, is the 2018-19 Iowa Assistant Secondary Principal of the Year as named by School Administrators of Iowa.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 2019 Assistant Secondary Principal of the Year. Every day I have the opportunity to work alongside the admin team, faculty, and staff at Washington High School who are ‘all in’ as we meet the complex realities of teaching and learning amidst an environment of competing needs including teaching content, addressing students’ and their families’ underlying socio-emotional needs, and working hard to overcome historical inequities,” Nyberg said.

Recipients are selected using the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, which focus on

  • a vision of learning;
  • the presence of a school culture and instructional program that is beneficial to student learning and staff professional development;
  • a safe, efficient and effective learning environment;
  • work with parents and the community;
  • fairness, integrity and ethics; and
  • an understanding of the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context in which we operate.

“For Dr. Nyberg, leadership is all about building relationships with staff and students. Not only does she model this core philosophy in her day-to-day work, she also motivates and inspires others to lead as she does,” expressed SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.

A committee of Iowa assistant secondary principals selected Dr. Nyberg for the award. She will be recognized at a governor’s ceremony in the spring and at SAI's Annual Conference, July 31, 2019. As Iowa’s recipient, Nyberg is a candidate for National Assistant Principal of the Year, an award sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She will have an opportunity to attend the organization’s annual conference and be recognized at the event.

Serving as an associate principal at Cedar Rapids Washington since 2013, she began her career teaching high school English. Nyberg has a bachelor’s of education degree in English and communications and her master’s degree in English from Western Washington University. She earned her doctorate in teaching and learning and her principal licensure from the University of Iowa.

More information about the Administrator of the Year awards