mark frenchRice Lake Elementary Principal Mark French has been named a Minnesota 2015 National Distinguished Principal finalist. The award is presented by Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

The award recognized elementary and middle level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families and staff in their learning communities.

Finalists were chosen based on criteria including:

·      At least five years experience as a principal

·      Demonstrated evidence of outstanding contributions to the community and to the education profession

·      Leading a school that is clearly committed to excellence

·      Leading a school that has programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students

·      Leading a school that has firm ties to parents and the community

“At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal,” said Gail Connelly, NAESP executive director. “Our National Distinguished Principals program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of these principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities. Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally, and communities are strengthened.”

French was nominated by peers from the North Suburban MESPA division. A selection committee will determine the winner in May after an interview process.

-Published March 19, 2015