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|Osseo Principal Elected MESPA President-Elect: Mark French|
3/5/2013 12:49 PM(St. Paul, MN -- March 5, 2013) – Mark French, principal of Rice Lake Elementary School in the Osseo school district, was elected president-elect of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) in statewide balloting that closed last Friday, March 1. He will assume this responsibility on July 1, 2013, and serve a two-year term. His term will be followed by a term of two more years as MESPA president.
MESPA is the professional association of Minnesota’s elementary and middle level school principals. With the vision to “be the premiere resource for preparing today’s principals for tomorrow and a strong leading voice for public education” and a statewide membership of over 950 principals, MESPA has represented Minnesota’s principals since 1950. MESPA is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 29,500 members nationwide.
“On behalf of the association, I congratulate Mark French on this leadership position,” said P. Fred Storti, MESPA executive director. “Mark is a creative and effective leader in the Minnesota principalship. Colleagues and other educators listen carefully when he speaks.”
“I am committed to the principalship because I think being an elementary principal is the best job in the world, and I want to share my passion and enthusiasm with others,” said French. “I want to connect with and support principals across the state so they experience the opportunities offered by MESPA and feel connected and engaged.”
“My vision for the MESPA president-elect position includes being a visible advocate for Minnesota principals,” said French. His past experience includes serving as: statewide Negotiations Committee chair, helping principals prepare, research, and gather data in order to enter the negotiations process confidently and competently; and National Association of Elementary School Principals State Representative, connecting his MN peers to national issues and resources in the principaship.
“I am a good listener,” said French, who spoke to his colleagues at the MESPA Institute in February, the annual statewide convention of the statewide principalship, dressed in the blue-feathered Rice Lake Elementary road-runner school mascot costume. “I can find solutions for issues, and can use my sense of humor to make things enjoyable and positive,” he concluded.
French has served on the Perpich Center for the Arts education board and the National Human Rights Campaign board of directors. He was a finalist for the 2012 MN National Distinguished Principal award. He received the MESPA Division Leadership Achievement award from his peers in 2007 and 2010. He has published education articles through the Marcel Dekker publishing company and in the NAESP Principal magazine.
French is currently completing the Ed.D. program at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, MN. He received his Bachelors of Science in elementary education from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; Master of Arts in elementary education in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN; and Ed.S. degree in education Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
French joins the elected statewide MESPA executive board effective July 1, 2013:
- Joey Page, president (principal, Richfield);
- Mark French, president-elect (principal, Osseo);
- Patrick Glynn, secretary/treasurer (principal, Prior Lake-Savage);
- Tim Bell, MESPA NAESP State Representative (principal, Prior Lake-Savage); and
- Kristine Stueve, past president (principal, Cambridge-Isanti)
Principal, Rice Lake Elementary, Osseo Schools
MESPA is the professional association of Minnesota’s elementary
and middle level principals. With the vision to “be the premiere
resource for preparing today’s principals for tomorrow and a strong
leading voice for public education” and a statewide membership over 950
principals, MESPA has represented Minnesota’s principals since 1950.
MESPA is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School
Principals and its 29,500 members nationwide.
MESPA Mission Statement
Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association is dedicated to
promoting and improving education for children and youth, strengthening
the role as educational leader for elementary and middle level
principals, and collaborating with partners in education to assist in
achieving these goals.