MN National Distinguished Principal Program
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.
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.
"I know and understand that when trust is evident in my school, each member is there to do their part for student achievement. My responsibility is to model, repair, and cultivate trust from all members of our school and stay focused on students. Trust builds through a culture that accepts failure as a process and not a finality.” - Eric SkansonEric Skanson, principal of Cold Spring Elementary in the ROCORI School District, and a member of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), is Minnesota’s 2019 NAESP National Distinguished Principal (NDP). MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) present the prestigious award.
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2020 NDP Nomination and Application Materials will be linked here when available in fall 2019!
Click here to submit your contact information to be notified when nomination and application forms are available in fall 2019.
Nominations due in the MESPA office January 1, 2020.
Application due January 28, 2020.
2019, Eric Skanson, ROCORI
2018, Curtis Slater, Wyoming
2017, Jessica Cabeen, Austin
2016, Brad Gustafson, Wayzata
2015, Mark French, Osseo Area
2014, Michelle Krell, Kasson-Mantorville
2013, Mari Lu Martens, Sibley East
2012, Jon Millerhagen, Bloomington
2011, Joan Franks, Minneapolis
2010, Sanford Nelson, Detroit Lakes
2009, Stacy DeCorsey, Jordan
2008, Dr. Gail M. Swor, Bloomington
2007, Jolene Jans Landwer, Coleraine
2006, Diane M. Moeller, St. Cloud
2005, John Ahem, Roseville
2004, Wendie Anderson, Mora
2003, James Hoogheem, Osseo
2002, Gloria Kumagai, St. Paul
2001, Byron Schwab, Eagan
2000, Jean Clark, Sauk Rapids
1999, Mary Endorf, Orono
1998, Craig Kay, Dassel-Cokato
1997, Diane Trisko, Rochester
1996, Jeffrey Raison, Minneapolis
1995, Janet Pladson, Bloomington