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2011 MN National Distinguished Principal
5/11/2011 11:46 AM


Joan Franks
, principal of Armatage Montessori School in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and a member of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), is Minnesota’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal (NDP).  MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) present the prestigious award, which has corporate sponsorship from VALIC.The NDP program was established in 1984 to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals who set the pace, character, and quality of education children receive during their early school years. The program highlights the fundamental importance of the school principal in achieving educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students and reinforces their continued leadership in helping children develop a lifelong love of learning. One NDP principal is chosen annually from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Making sure that all kids learn, grow, and achieve is core to my mission as a building principal,” said Franks. “At Armatage, the combination of high standards for all, additional support for struggling students, and the Montessori method allow us to help students develop to their fullest potential.”

“MESPA is honored to be represented by Joan Franks,” said P. Fred Storti, MESPA executive director. “She actively serves her principal peers and is steeped in the technology, pedagogy, and dynamics of today’s instructional leader. She truly is a distinguished educator.”

To read more, visit MESPA Honors.


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