Churchill principal receives professional leadership awardSt. Paul – The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) recognized David J. Wangen, Churchill Elementary School principal in Cloquet, with the 2008 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award. This is an annual recognition with which principals honor their peers.
St. Paul – The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) recognized David J. Wangen, Churchill Elementary School principal in Cloquet, with the 2008 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award. This is an annual recognition with which principals honor their peers. 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.
Wangen was nominated for the Northeast MESPA Division Leadership Acheivement Award by his peers.
In making the nomination, Jolene Landwer, principal of Greenway Elementary Schools in Coleraine, Minn., said, “David is an enthusiastic principal who is an asset to our profession. He is supportive of staff development opportunities for our principals and has readily volunteered his school as a host-training site. He is an excellent role model for all of the Northeast principals.
Wangen believes “quality education is about fostering relationships with our students, their families and within our communities. Schools will achieve greater overall educational success once these relationships and positive histories are formed.”
In accepting the award, Wangen shared the three most significant accomplishments of his career. The first, he said, was “establishing a safe, supported, and high achieving school.” The second was helping create a collegial, progressive, and research-based environment for educators. His third was recognition of Churchill Elementary School by MESPA as a 2002-2003 Minnesota School of Excellence, validating their efforts in providing excellence in education.
During his 13 years in the principalship, Wangen has actively served his colleagues in the MESPA Northeast Division in a variety of roles: representative to the Negotiations and Minnesota School of Excellence committees; division president-elect and then president – a term of five years from 2003-08. He opened his school as a host-training site for his colleagues for the March 2007 Three Minute Walkthrough seminar sponsored by MESPA. In addition to the MESPA Minnesota School of Excellence validation, other education honors received include the Excellence in Education Award (2005-06) and Certified Staff of the Year, Churchill Elementary School (2006-07).
MESPA members selected 12 of their peers to receive the 2008 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award.
“These men and women are leaders in our profession and truly represent the very best in Minnesota public schools,” said P. Fred Storti, MESPA executive director. “They serve as role models and sources of inspiration to other principals and educators.”
The awards were presented on Feb. 7 at the association’s 53rd Institute, its annual statewide convention.