Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP)

Message from James P. Koutsos, President

James Koutsos

I am honored to serve as President of Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP). I would like to thank the Board of Directors for its support of my selection and the membership for confirming my selection. I am pleased to be working with our Executive Director, Jean Rosen; Vice-President, Anne Dardarian; and the outstanding MCAAP team of Mabel Henley and Phyllis Kellner to effectively lead our association.

Much of the success of MCAAP depends on the participation of its membership. We must find strength in common interests and continue to be living models of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Organizational Culture of Respect. I am eagerly seeking feedback in the following areas: Communication, Collaboration, Professional Development, and Advocacy. Input from our members in these areas will help build a shared vision for MCAAP and further support our consistent and impactful contributions to the MCPS Strategic Framework.


How we communicate amongst ourselves, with sister unions, with MCPS executive leadership, with the board of education, and with local elected officials will advance our success as an association. I am reaching out to our membership for feedback on MCAAP’s current communication practices and ideas on how MCAAP can utilize web communications and social media to provide real-time updates on current issues, celebrate members, and promote the contributions we make to the school system and community. Together we can make creative and meaningful enhancements to communications practices.


MCAAP, as an organization, and you, as leaders, are immersed within a unique national model in MCPS. Our roots in collaboration, interest-based bargaining and the Organizational Culture of Respect have been documented in a national case study. We must continue to strengthen these roots and grow as an organization. I firmly believe that through collaboration, we will ensure our students and communities thrive and MCAAP members will be more effective leaders. As president, I will continue to encourage members to be involved and engaged in advisory and work groups so that MCAAP voices and interests are heard and valued.

Professional Development

Our profession is defined by courage and leadership. We, as administrators and principals, must consider input from multiple stakeholders and make difficult decisions every day that affect offices, schools and the future of many. Therefore, we must be reflective and willing to learn as leaders. To this end, MCAAP must be an active partner in identifying and delivering professional development opportunities for our members. The Professional Learning Communities (PLC) work has been highly effective and has helped increase student achievement in MCPS and worked to bring leaders together to problem-solve and grow professionally. But, this commitment to the study of leadership must not wane. We need your input on how we can design more professional development options for administrators. It is through this study of leadership that we all will increase our ownership of our profession.


MCAAP serves and supports members, both individually and collectively, during times of triumph and struggle. In addition, MCAAP intends to be very active in advocating for the association, the members, and those whom we serve. This will involve a continued focus on internal and external relationships and intentional outreach to local elected officials. I hope I can count on many of you to join the board of directors and me as we work together to support our colleagues, students, and friends to have a successful and great future.

Please feel free to contact me to share how MCAAP can accentuate strengths and seize opportunities to evolve into the best leadership organization it can be. I can be reached via e-mail at, in the office at 301-762-8174, or on my cell phone at 301-944-4532. Thank you for your support and I look forward to serving you over the next three years.


James P. Koutsos
MCAAP staff