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Quotes from Past Participants

Here are our trainers’ own words describing the value of the Minnesota Principals Academy:

“High quality, executive type development program, comparable with development programs offered in business, excellent instructors that are practicing school administrators, timely material that is relevant to present work situations.”

Jill Johnson, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning,
Wayzata Public Schools, former principal Richfield High School

“I feel very fortunate to be a participant in the Minnesota Principals Academy. My experience as a participant in the Academy has been one in which I am learning and relearning after having been an administrator for 17 years. I honestly believe that with each session I am able to use the knowledge and skills that are taught to become a better administrator and educational leader for my staff and students.”

Joselyn Murphy, Principal, Ely Memorial High School

“It's all about increasing a district’s ability to implement practices that benefit all children… this executive development supports the district’s leadership in moving the organization to the results.”

Jim Eaton, former elementary principal, Saint Paul Public Schools

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the training and readings... I’m so impressed with our leaders from NISL. It is really exciting to look at leadership from another viewpoint and see what we can gain for public school education. I wish I could have had this training 20 years ago.”

Craig Kay, former principal and superintendent, Dassel-Cokato Public Schools

“This training has been inspirational for my work and leadership as a principal. The content meshes very well with best practices in current educational leadership. It is cutting edge material… awesome program that is pushing my work deeper and inspiring me.”

Winston Tucker, Principal, Highland Park High School
Saint Paul Public Schools, former principal Murray Junior High School

“This program relates directly to student achievement… I’m very excited to share the values and philosophy of NISL with other administrators.”

Khuzana DeVaan, Principal, Southview Elementary School, Waconia


Katie Pekel, Ed.D.
Principal in Residence