Minnesota NAESP National Distinguished Principal® Award
The NAESP National Distinguished Principal® (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.
The 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.
One 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.
Eligible Candidates for the Award: Candidate must be an active member of MESPA and belong to NAESP (being in at least their 3rd year of NAESP Active level membership by May of the nomination year) and must maintain membership through the conclusion of the NAESP Award Ceremony; must be a participating principal with at least five years of experience; and must plan to continue as a practicing principal.
Congratulations to Nancy Antoine, Minnesota's 2021 NAESP National Distinguished Principal®!
“I am very honored to have been nominated for the National Distinguished Principal Award, and to have been selected as a finalist! Becoming the NDP is just incredible, and I would not be where I am today without the support and input of the amazing leaders that I have had the opportunity to work with over my career. Many of these leaders I have met while being a MESPA member, spending time together learning and growing professionally. I am grateful for my Superintendent, Dr. Hillmann, allowing me to explore professional opportunities to bring back to our district. I am very thankful for my Bridgewater Elementary family who have allowed me to lead while pushing them to become leaders as well. This is a once-in-a-lifetime honor, and I am extremely grateful for this award.” - Nancy AntoineNancy Antoine, principal of Bridgewater Elementary in the Northfield Public Schools District, and a member of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), is Minnesota’s 2021 NAESP National Distinguished Principal (NDP). MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) present the prestigious award.
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2022 Nomination and Application Materials
The application and nomination forms for the 2022 NDP will be available this fall from NAESP. Submit your information here to be notified when the application and nomination forms become available!Notify me when the forms are available!
Nomination forms will be due January 1, 2022 and the application will be due January 28, 2022
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2008, Dr. Gail M. Swor, Bloomington
2007, Jolene Jans Landwer, Coleraine
2006, Diane M. Moeller, St. Cloud
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1995, Janet Pladson, Bloomington