Retired Principals of MESPA (RPM)

Welcome to the Retired Principals of MESPA (RPM) web page. Check back often for upcoming event details, photos, and more!

Click here to read the 2016–2017 Welcome Letter from RPM President, Rosalind Robbins. Find out why you should join RPM, who can join RPM, upcoming event details, and more!

Tentative 2016–17 Events:
Click here for full event details. 

Nov 15, 2016 (10:00am): Training by Jodi Janati: Got Conflict? Find your "Conversation Peace"
Feb 1, 2017 (3:00pm): RPM Reception at Institute
May 17, 2017 (10:00am): MN Public Radio Station Tour

Questions about RPM? Contact the MESPA office for more information: 651.999.7310 

RPM Board Directory

Click here to see the 2016–2017 RPM Board Directory. On the directory you'll find the names and contact information for all MESPA RPM board members.

 The Retired Principals of MESPA had a fun outing at CHS Stadium, new home of the the St. Paul Saints baseball team. 

September 2016 Outing: Retired Principals of MESPA view the new Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis! 

After meeting at the Minnesota Department of Education and learning about early childhood education, RPM enjoy a nice lunch at Stout's.


Gordy Nelson was the star of the day at the RPM St. Paul Saints stadium outing. He took to the batting cage and hit some 100mph sluggers (or so the rumor goes)!

25 Year Service Award

RPM recognizes principals who have 25 years of service (10 years as a principal, 15 years as a teacher or other education position) with a 25 Year Service Award given at the MESPA Winter Institute in FebruaryLet us know if you or a colleague would like to be recognized with the 25 Year Service Award.

Click here to download the application and directions.

RPM celebrated its Reception and Awards Ceremony at Institute 2016!  In addition to catching up with retired colleagues, RPM held the annual awards ceremony.  


(2015–2016) Distinguished Service to Education Award
Dr. Delores Henderson, principal, Hazel Park Preparatory Academy


Pictured Above: (L to R) Jean Vogel, RPM President, with Dr. Delores Henderson, recipient of Distinguished Service to Education Award. 

(2015–2016) 25 Year Service Award
Patti Machart, principal, Cedar Mountain Elementary
Joel Timmerman, principal, Riverside Elementary
Julie Greiman, principal, Scandia Elementary
Kathy Kaiser, principal, Centennial Elementary
Gwen Sherburne, Anoka-Hennepin QComp

Pictured to the Left: (L to R) Patti Machart, Jean Vogel (RPM President), & Joel Timmerman


2016–17 Membership Dues

As a retired principal, you can maintain your MESPA membership for $42, with many benefits. All membership renewal has been moved online this year. Please log in above with your username (email) and password (you can set your own)!

RPM local dues are $10.00, which defray the cost of supplies, printing, postage, speaker fees, and other items. We look forward to connecting with you through your active membership in both MESPA and RPM.

RPM local dues can be paid directly to: Bob Lundberg, Treasurer, 3515 Glen Oaks, Ave., White Bear Lake, MN 55110-5661.

RPM on the MESPA Board

A proposal by RPM to place a retired principal on the MESPA Board of Directors was approved at the Annual Meeting on February 8, 2013.

Representing his retired colleagues beginning July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2017 is Byron Schwab.  Byron retired in 2007 from Pilot Knob Elementary in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school district.  Active in MESPA, he was the chair of the MN School of Excellence Committee from 2000 to 2004 and the MN National Distinguished Principal in 2001.

Byron replaces Jim Hoogheem, retired principal from Fernbrook Elementary School in the Osseo school district.  Thank you, Jim, for your service the past two years!
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