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  • Executive Functioning in Early Childhood
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  • Future Ready Leaders
  • Does Your Building Culture Promote Equity Education?
  • The Attitude of the Leader
  • And more!

Press Releases

March 19, 2020 - Nancy Antoine, Bret Domstrand and Tony Steffes named 2020 National Distinguished Principal finalists.

March 11, 2020 - 13 Principals across the state awarded the MESPA Division Leadership Award. Click here and then on each division page to read each press release.

December 13, 2019 - Ashley Farrington, Wayzata Central, Wayzata Public Schools, Selected MN's 2020 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal.

December 13, 2019 - Oak Ridge Elementary named 2020 STEM Innovation Award Winner

August 28, 2019 – Eight Schools Validated as 2019-2020Minnesota Schools of Excellence! Visit for individual schools' press releases.

May 9, 2019 – Eric Skanson named 2019 MN NAESP National Distinguished Principal!

March 28, 2019 - 13 Principals across the state awarded the MESPA Division Leadership Award. Click here and then on each division page to read each press release. 

March 27, 2019 - Jason Luksik, Jen Olson, and Dawn Brown elected to MESPA's Executive Committee.

March 13, 2019 - Kurt Becker, Dawn Brown, Eric Skanson, and Melissa Sonnek named 2019 National Distinguished Principal finalists.

December 13, 2018 - John Awsumb, Bay View Elementary, Proctor Public Schools, Selected MN's 2019 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal.

December 6, 2018 - Woodland Elementary named 2019 STEM Innovation Award Winner

October 5, 2018 - MN NDP Curtis Slater Brings a Taste of Minnesota to Washington, D.C.

August 21, 2018 - Five Schools Validated as 2018-2019 Minnesota Schools of Excellence!

May 3, 2018 - Curtis Slater named 2018 MN National Distinguished Principal!

March 6, 2018 - Lisa Pikop, Darren Schuler, and Curtis Slater named 2018 National Distinguished Principal finalists.

March 1, 2018 - 13 Principals across the state awarded the MESPA Division Leadership Award. Click here and then on each division page to read each press release. 

January 17, 2018 - Cuyuna Range Elementary School named inaugural 2018 STEM Innovation Award Winner

December 6, 2017 - Tracy Sexton-Oliver, Bluff View Elementary, Selected MN National Outstanding Assistant Principal.

May 10, 2017 - Jessica Cabeen, principal of Woodson Kindergarten Center, named Minnesota's 2017 National Distinguished Principal!

April 10, 2017 - Dr. Eric Skanson elected as President-Elect of MESPA. 

April 10, 2017 - Jen Olson elected as Secretary-Treasurer of MESPA. 

January 6, 2017 - Dr. Joey Page, principal of Richfield S.T.E.M, named 2017 Science and Mathematics Principal of the Year

December 9, 2017 - Sara Schmidt, assistant principal of XinXing Academy/Eisenhower Elementary, named 2017 National Outstanding Assistant Principal!

August 29, 2016 - Six Schools Validated as MN Schools of Excellence!

April 27, 2016 - Brad Gustafson, principal of Greenwood Elementary in Wayzata, named 2016 NDP!

Check back regularly for the latest news about MESPA members. Do you have a news story or announcement that you would like to share? Contact MESPA Communications Manager Amy Thompson at or call 952.297.8672. 

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