Principal Brendan Bogart, Lincoln Elementary School – Alexandria Schools Named Minnesota’s 2023 NAESP National Distinguished Principal

(Roseville, MN, May 8, 2023) – Brendan Bogart (pictured above) principal of Lincoln Elementary in the Alexandria School District and a member of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), is Minnesota’s 2023 NAESP National Distinguished Principal (NDP).  MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) present the prestigious award.  Jon Millerhagen, Executive Director of MESPA-  “Brendan has been an active and supportive member of MESPA (Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association) and has gained high respect from his colleagues.  This recognition indicates that Brendan has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and achievements in his role as a principal, and we are proud to have him represent MESPA as our National Distinguished Principal.”
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MESPA's annual Leadership Conference is an opportunity for MESA's leaders to get together to help plan another fantastic year for MESA members. This conference brings together the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and all committee members to meet, plan, network, and have some fun!

Your presence is vital! This conference is the kickoff to our MESPA year. We need your voice at this conference. Your input will determine the association's priorities, as well as establish a key network to communicate and carry out MESA activities, issues, and concerns. YOU represent our membership! We need you there to ensure that we are moving forward as an association, with divisions and committees all supporting one another. It is a requirement for division leaders, committee chairs, and committee representatives to attend this conference.


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NAESP is excited to host the Pre-K–8 Principals Conference, the one national event that provides the strongest unified voice for pre-K–8 school leaders. We invite you to join us for pre-conference sessions on July 9, followed by the 3-day conference on July 10-12, 2023, for a comprehensive professional learning experience designed to help you "level up your leadership". From sessions led by expert practitioners to networking experiences with colleagues from across the nation, you’ll find many opportunities to grow in your profession.


On behalf of the NAESP Board of Directors and the NAESP staff, we extend our enthusiastic congratulations to the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association for being recognized as a leader in membership among NAESP state affiliates for the 2021-2022 year in the following categories: 
First Place, Zone 7 Leader
Second Place, Actual Growth over Prior Year


Introducing MESPA's new Executive Director Michelle Krell
The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) Board of Directors, Committee Chairpersons, and Executive Committee have been searching for a new MESPA Executive Director since our Institute ended in February. The Association has finished this work and chosen an exceptional candidate from our own membership. This was a strong candidate pool and we are proud of the exceptional leaders that sought out this opportunity to serve MESPA. It gives us great pleasure to announce Michelle Krell, the Assistant Superintendent of Owatonna Public Schools, as the new MESPA Executive Director

Michelle Krell will begin her new position at MESPA on July 1, 2023.



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