Minnesota Principals of the Year

2016 High School Principal of the Year: Jeanne Swanson, Waseca

Swanson_Jeanne_websiteJeanne Swanson has been the principal at Waseca High School for the past 16 years and a MASSP member for 22 years. During that time she has been an agent of change. Along with a dedicated staff Jeanne has led several innovations including PLCs, the PBIS program and a student-tutoring program. Through Jeanne’s leadership Waseca was named a 2015 State and National School of Character. This program had such an impact on the school culture that Jeanne has presented several times to MASSP colleagues at state conferences. Jeanne is known for her collaboration and innovation including the creation of an Art Club, Walking Club and AVID program at Waseca High School.


2016 Middle School Principal of the Year: Tim Prom, Annandale Middle School

tim-promTim Prom has been the principal at Annandale Middle School for the past nine years and a MASSP member for 10 years. Tim points to the establishment of PLCs and the ICU program as major innovations during his tenure. The ICU program (Intensive Care Unit) blends extra staff support along with a technology-based platform to meet the needs of struggling students with a focus on student work completion.  Tim, along with his staff, believes in creating an inclusive atmosphere that encourages students to become active participants. To this end Tim has led the implementation of two key programs including the Student Leadership Team and Students Stepping Up that encourage students to participate outside the classroom in developing leadership skills.


2015-2016 Assistant Principal of the Year: Darren Nelson, Oltman Middle School

darren-nelsonDarren Nelson has been an assistant principal for the past seven years, serving six years in Waseca and the past year at Oltman Middle School. Darren has been key in the development of two programs that have helped close the Achievement Gap with high needs students. The Targeted Services Program and Study Hall Assistance Program supplied not only extra curriculum support for students, but also added personal skill development and enrichment to students who had had shown a need for additional academic support. With the success of these two initiatives Darren also implemented a Teacher Intervention protocol by actually adjusting the master schedule to help create additional intervention time for staff on a daily basis.