The NAESP National Distinguished Principal® (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.
Eligible Candidates for the Award: Candidate must be an active member of MESPA and belong to NAESP (being in at least their 3rd year of NAESP Active level membership by May of the nomination year) and must maintain membership through the conclusion of the NAESP Award Ceremony; must be a participating principal with at least five years of experience; and must plan to continue as a practicing principal.
Posted in early November, Due January 11, 2024
2023, Brendan Bogart, Alexandria
2022, Ariana Wright, Kasson-Mantorville
2020, Bret Domstrand, Lakeville
2010, Sanford Nelson, Detroit Lakes
2008, Dr. Gail M. Swor, Bloomington
2007, Jolene Jans Landwer, Coleraine
2006, Diane M. Moeller, St. Cloud
1997, Diane Trisko, Rochester
1996, Jeffrey Raison, Minneapolis
1995, Janet Pladson, Bloomington