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MN National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and MESPA are committed to preparing assistant principals to step into the principal role. We honor PreK-8 assistant principals who are doing a superb job in their roles. This program promotes educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (PreK-8) schooling and calls attention to the fundamental importance of the assistant principal. The award recipient will receive a FREE registration to NAESP's annual conference and be recognized at the conference. 

Eligible Candidates for the Award: Candidate is a member of MESPA and NAESP, an active assistant principal, has been an active assistant principal for at least two years, and will be an active assistant principal at time of nomination. Demonstrates exceptional leadership in a particular school program; is respected by students, colleagues, parents, and the community at large; and sets high expectations for school  staff and students. 

How to Apply: 

Applications due November 20, 2017: Applicants must submit a complete application, two letters of reference (one from your supervisor and one from a teacher, fellow administrator, or community member), and a high-quality digital headshot of yourself. Click here to download the Word and PDF version of the application. Send the completed application to mespa@mespa.net or mail to 1667 Snelling Avenue N, Suite C101, St. Paul, MN 55108. 

Application Reviewed December 2017: Applications will be read in December, the afternoon following the MESPA board meeting. The selection committee consists of the MESPA President-Elect (chair) and 12 MESPA Division Presidents-Elect. The scoring rubric is similar to the one used for the National Distinguished Principal Program (built around the six national principal standards).

Congratulations to our 2017 National Outstanding Assistant Principal: Sara Schmidt

“I believe that all students can, and will, succeed,” wrote Sara Schmidt in her National Outstanding Assistant Principal application. “I believe that with appropriate support, all students, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or trauma, can make gains and reach their full potential. I believe that as adults, we have the ability to positively transform the future for the young people we influence each and every day."

Principal Domer wrote in his letter of recommendation for Schmidt, “Sara has had a profound impact on the student and staff culture in our building. She has a reputation for building strong relationships with everyone in our school. She does this through acts of appreciation, by demonstrating high levels of skill in her various job duties, and by getting great results with everything she manages. Students, teachers, and parents consistently describe her as a kind, competent, and passionate leader. As her principal, I am truly reliant on Sara to manage the many in-the- moment details of any given school day. I trust her like no other and appreciate our collaborative relationship.”

Click here to read Sara's full press release

Previous recipients of the award were Margo Kleven (2016), Christen Hull (2015), Michelle Rosen (2014), and Toni Beckler (2013).
MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

1667 Snelling Avenue North, Suite C101
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55108
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