The award is given annually by the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP).
Bates will serve as president of the GAMSP next year and was recently selected to join the Standing Committee of Principals for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Members of that board will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to give leaders input from principals concerning otems such as school accountability and assessments.
The other members chosen for that committee are from Oregon, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maryland and Washing, D.C.
Bates will serve on that committee for three years.
A reception was held at GMS recently to inform her of the award as National Distinguished Middle Level Principal of the Year.