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Congratulations to our 2014-2015 MN Schools of Excellence!

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

Click here to read about each school's validation process and to learn more about the MN School of Excellence program.


Minnesota's 2014 National Distinguished Principal: Michelle Krell

Congratulations to Michelle Krell, principal of Kasson-Mantorville
Michelle Krell - 2014 MN National Distinguished Principal
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 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.


Building Federal Support for Principals

Last week members of the MESPA Executive Committee (President Joey Page, President-Elect Mark French, Secretary-Treasurer
National Leaders Conference - Feb 2014
Patrick Glynn, NAESP State Rep Tim Bell, and Zone 7 Director Steven Geis), MESPA Legislative Resolutions Chair Paul Anderson, and MESPA Executive Director Jon Millerhagen traveled to Washington, D.C. to help launch the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) 2014 Advocacy Agenda. Along with colleagues from around the country, they were part of the team to advocate on Capitol Hill to improve federal policies that will help states and districts build the capacity of principals and advance school improvement.  While there they were also part of the contingent to present Sen. Al Franken with the NAESP Congressional Champion Award. (See more in the Press Room.)


MESPA 2014 Rock Stars.
MESPA members selected 12 of their peers to receive the 2014 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award. This is an annual recognition with which principals honor their peers. Principals are responsible for a school’s instructional,
school culture, and resource leadership. The award honors principals whose exemplary leadership and sustained efforts have made noteworthy contributions to the operation of effective school learning programs --  improving education, their communities, and their profession. The awards were presented on February 6 at the annual MESPA awards banquet.


Michelle A.M. Rosen, assistant principal of Fairmont Elementary School in the Fairmont Area Schools, is Minnesota’s 2014 National Outstanding Assistant Principal.  MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) present the prestigious award. "I know that everyone from parents to bus drivers, custodians, students, teachers, and community members all play an integral part in ensuring the success of our students," said Rosen.

Rosen has revamped and expanded the district's early childhood program; it now has received a Parent Aware 4-Star rating, the highest possible. "My goal is to get people to know that we are an E-6 school supporting learning
Michelle Rosen
for life," said Rosen, 'and to have the Fairmont community embrace the idea that lifelong learning starts at birth, never ends, and is for everyone. As an administrator of the Fairmont Area School District, I want people to know that I will do everything I can to enhance the learning of all."

MESPA Colleague-to-Colleague is a web-based forum, your resource for directly asking your peers questions and sharing responses. Check out the newest conversation on: Finding Census Information on Incoming Kindergartners?  And continuing conversations on: Allowing Students to Access Personal G-Mail Accounts; PreK Classes/Programming in Elementary Schools; Schoology and the Principal; Kindergarten Retention; Admin iPad Apps; Assessment Support for Classroom Teachers; Learning Readiness; Staff Dress Code...

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