Dr. Russell Dyer, director of Cleveland City Schools, announces that Mrs. Autumn O’Bryan, principal of Cleveland High School, has been chosen as the 2021 Tennessee State Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Mrs. O’Bryan will represent the State of Tennessee at the NASSP National Principal of the Year
awards in September.
The NASSP National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students, as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.
Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas
Schools and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one middle level or high school principal to represent their state. From these state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. The NASSP National Principal of the Year is selected from among the finalists.
Mrs. O’Bryan has completed her 12th year with Cleveland City Schools and has served for her entire Cleveland City Schools’ career as principal of Cleveland High School. Prior to working for Cleveland City Schools, Mrs. O’Bryan spent time as a teacher and administrator in Hamilton County Schools and as the head softball coach for Lee University.
Dr. Russell Dyer had this to share about Mrs. O’Bryan’s honor, “Mrs. O’Bryan continues to represent
Cleveland City Schools well across the State of Tennessee. We are very proud of the work that she continues to be recognized for this year and for the work she does each day at Cleveland High School. We are very excited for her to be honored in this way and know that she will represent us well at the national level.”
"Congratulations to Mrs. Autumn O’Bryan on being named NASSP Tennessee Principal of the
Year. Thank you for your dedication to our students," officials said.