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The Central Division includes principals from school districts in the following counties: Benton, Carver (NW corner), Chippewa, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine (except the NW corner), Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Swift, Todd, and Wright.
The East Central Satellite group includes the school districts from: Pine, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs. Due to the geographic breadth of the division, this group sometimes meets separately.
For a full list of school districts in the Central Division, please see the document below.
CMESPA Monthly News
To read the monthly Central Division newsletter, click here.
For a directory of MESPA Central Division members -- with contact information, visit the Leaders Center
in the Members Only section of this Web site.
(Note: The list is housed in the Members Only section to protect your privacy.)
To read the MESPA Central Division Bylaws, visit the Leaders Center
in the Members Only section of this Web site.
(Note: The bylaws are posted in the Members Only section, along with the statewide MESPA Bylaws, to protect our association's privacy.)
"I appreciate the opportunity to share with other principals and the
excellent support from the MESPA staff providing professional
development opportunities." – Phil Gurbada, principal, Royalton Elementary, Royalton
belong to MESPA for the opportunity to network with other principals at
the MESPA Institute. This is the best professional development I get
each year. Being able to talk to my colleagues about the profession and
learning from each other is very valuable and why I join MESPA each
year.” – Mark Ziebarth, principal, Isanti Intermediate School, Cambridge-Isanti
to an organization like MESPA provides me with an umbrella of support. I
appreciate the professional development and career support that I
receive from both my local and state division" – Eric Olson, principal, Pinewood Elementary School, Monticello
is a professional organization that supports new Instructional Leaders
in a number of ways including: 1) Hosting collaborative meetings and
conversations, 2) Locating resources to support initiatives, and 3)
Communicating current Information and decisions having a impact on
education (legal, legislative, etc). "I'm proud to be a MESPA member!" – Nichole Laven, principal, Trailview Elementary School, Mora
"My MESPA membership means: I have access to great professional development specific to my role as an instructional leader; I can contribute to the mission and vision of education in Minnesota; and I am connected to professionals who understand the complexities of being an elementary principal.” -- Paul Anderson, principal, Sand Creek Elementary, Anoka-Hennepin
“The one most important thing I receive from MESPA is up-to-date legal and legislative information.’ -- Sheila Bichler, principal, St, Michael Elemetary, St. Michael-Albertville
“I have appreciated the connection MESPA provides me as I reunite myself with education in the state of Minnesota after starting my career here and returning after eleven years. I am able to comfortably climb the steep learning curve of being a principal in a new state with all the professional development MESPA provides to all members.” -- John Howe, Ramsey Elementary, Montevideo School District
"MESPA has been my lifeline... As a new principal and the only elementary principal in my district, it was my connection to other principals, my "go to" for professional development opportunities, and a safe place to ask questions. Now with a few years of experience under my belt, MESPA continues to be my lifeline. MESPA provides timely information focused on educational priorities throughout the state (and around the nation). MESPA offers collegiality at multiple levels, opportunities for leadership, and a wealth of resources when and where I need it most. MESPA is truely a voice for Minnesota principals and an amazing association." -- Jennifer Olson, principal, HLWW Schools
"MESPA provides the leadership and the resources that many of us use to better meet the challenges we face every day. MESPA is the foundation which keeps me grounded and focused on what is most important for my school. Whether it is the main office personnel, the division leadership teams, or the smaller cohorts such as our East Central group, MESPA is dedicated professionals committed to making our students successful." -- Randy Pauly, principal, Isanti Middle School, Cambridge-Isanti Schools
"I cherish the time spent with colleagues at our Division Meetings and at MESPA Institute each year. We learn together, discuss issues and create great friendships and support systems. The time we spend together is informative, renewing and priceless." -- Linda Schmidt, principal, Minnewaska
“MESPA means support. If I have an issue I need to bounce of other professionals, MESPA is there. “-- Timothy R. Schochenmaier, principal, Independence Elementary, Big Lake Public Schools
"One thing I value about MESPA is the fact that I know I can call the office at anytime and someone will help me or tell me where I can go for help on just about any issue. I also appreciate the promptness of the response from MESPA staff." -- Kristine Stueve, principal, Isanti Primary School, Cambridge-Isanti
“Being a MESPA member gives you peace of mind knowing that help is just a phone call away.” -- Joe Thimm, principal, Taylors Falls Elementary School, Chisago Lakes