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Rossman Elementary principal honored with leadership award from MESPA

The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) recently recognized Jason Kuehn, principal of Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, with the 2019 MESPA Leadership Achievement Award for MESPA's Western Division.

Principals are responsible for a school's instructional, school culture, and resource leadership. The award honors principals whose exemplary leadership and sustained efforts have made noteworthy contributions to the operation of effective school learning programs — improving education, their communities, and their profession. He was recognized by colleagues statewide on Feb. 7 at the MESPYs, the premier elementary principal celebration of the year celebrated during MESPA Institute, the annual statewide convention of Minnesota's elementary and middle-level principals.

Kuehn summed up his educational philosophy in a quote from John Quincy Adams: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

He was nominated for the award by Craig Bahr, principal at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School, Audubon. In his nomination, Bahr wrote: "Jason is quick to share current best practices and resources with his colleagues in the Western Division. Jason regularly searches out and seeks new initiatives to bring to his staff and students at Rossman Elementary. After implementing new initiatives,Jason is quick to share positives and lessons learned with his administrator colleagues. Jason's actions and willingness to continue push instructional practices is inspiring."

Of his most significant career accomplishments, Kuehn wrote: "I have been fortunate to work

alongside countless great staff members at four different schools in three school districts as a teacher, dean of students, or principal. Two of the schools were recognized as Schools of Excellence by MESPA and two received National Blue Ribbon School recognition by the U.S. Department of Education."

MESPA members selected 13 of their peers to receive the 2019 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award. Jon Millerhagen, MESPA Executive Director, congratulated the award winners by saying, "MESPA members who receive the Division Leadership Achievement Award are the strong foundations of their schools, their communities and our association. They are transformational leaders who care deeply for their students. Our association benefits greatly from their knowledge, enthusiasm, passion, and commitment."