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Congratulations to John Garcia
2015 Science and Math Principal of the Year!

John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park STEM in Apple Valley, has been selected for this award presented by MESPA and the Science Museum of Minnesota. John will be honored during the MESPA Awards Banquet at Institute in February.  Click here to learn more about Garcia's accomplishments.

Christen Hull has been named Minnesota's
National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year!

Christen Hull, assistant principal of Laura MacArthur Elementary School in Duluth, received the prestigious award. “I went into leadership because I wanted to have a bigger impact on student learning. I wanted to change how we view education and how we educate all children."  Click here to read more about Hull's accomplishments.


Congratulations to our 2014-2015 MN Schools of Excellence!

to read about each school's validation process and to learn more about becoming a MN School of Excellence. 

  • Andrew Caflisch, Red Rock Elementary
  • Peter Hardy, Keewatin Elementary
  • Lisa Carlson, Woodland Elementary
  • John Piotraschke, Hayes Elementary


NEW December 2014 Advocate

Minnesota's 2014 National Distinguished Principal: Michelle Krell
Congratulations to Michelle Krell, principal of Kasson-Mantorville Elementary in the Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools for earning the prestigious NDP award. The NDP program was established in 1984 to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals who set the pace, character, and quality of education children receive during their early school years.

"I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and have made it my life mission to empower those around me to make a positive impact each day," said Krell. "My leadership style
Michelle Krell - 2014 MN National Distinguished Principal
is built on creating trusting relationships with all stakeholders and instilling an understanding that it takes all of us, in partnership, to raise successful students and citizens. When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children succeed both in and out of the classroom."

Click here to read Michelle's full press release.


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