The National Distinguished Principals (NDP) Program was established
in 1984 as an annual event to honor exemplary elementary and middle
school principals who set the pace, character, and quality of the
education children receive during their early school years.
program is sponsored by
MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in
corporate sponsorship with VALIC. The program highlights the
fundamental importance of the school principal in achieving educational
excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students. The
recognition afforded by the NDP designation instills pride in
principals' accomplishments and reinforces their continued leadership
in helping children develop a lifelong love of learning.
principal is chosen annually from each of the 50 states and the
District of Columbia. Public school principals are nominated by peers
in their home states, and the
final selection (based on applications
submitted by each nominee) are made by each state's NAESP affiliate.
(MESPA selects the Minnesota NDP.) NDP awards ceremonies take place in
Washington, D.C., each fall. The 2013 ceremonies are scheduled for October 17-18.
|Mari Lu Martens, 2013 Minnesota National Distinguished Principal. (To read about Mari Lu Martens and her principalship, click on her photo.)|
To read more about Minnesota's 2013 NDP Mari Lu Martens click here.
The three finalists for the 2013 Minnesota NDP:
MESPA is proud of all three individuals and wishes them the very best as they continue in their education administrator careers.
- Mari Lu Martens, principal of Sibley East Elementary Schools;
- Donna Montgomery, principal of Gatewood Elementary School, in the Hopkins Public Schools; and
- Lillie Pang, principal of Hale Community School, in the Minneapolis Public Schools..