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.
"If serving is beneath you, leading is beyond you.” - Jessica Cabeen
“This mantra provides the motivation to ensure my day is balanced with opportunities to serve and lead,” said Cabeen.
Dewey Schara, principal at Neveln Elementary in Austin Public Schools, describes how Cabeen lives her leadership mantra: “Transformational leadership is rarely demonstrated so seemingly effortlessly in public education. However, Jessica Cabeen exemplifies a true transformational leader. She not only directly improves those who work with her, she indirectly elevates those around her. As a peer principal, I can personally attest to this. The hallmarks of a transformational leader are the abilities to: create a shared vision, communicate it effectively with collaborative efforts, and motivate those involved to accomplish the vision.”
Click here to read the full press release.
Congratulations to our 2017 National Distinguished Principal Candidates! Read more about each of these amazing principals in their individual press releases:
Lisa Carlson, Woodland Elementary, Rosemont-Apple Valley-Eagan, Click Here for press release
Nancy Antoine, Bridgewater Elementary, Northfield: Click Here for press release
Jessica Cabeen, Woodson Kindergarten Center, Austin: Click Here for press release
2017, Jessica Cabeen, Austin
2005, John Ahem, Roseville
1994, Teresa (Teri) Edwards, Minneapolis