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Strandell Named Regional Principal of the Year

News Release                                          

For Immediate Release                                                     

December 16, 2020

Strandell Named Regional Principal of the Year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Jon Strandell, principal at Grand Forks Central High School, has been named a North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals (NDASSP) Regional Principal of the Year.

The award honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.

The award winners will be recognized at the NDASSP award ceremony in early 2021. Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity will select one middle level or high school principal to represent their state. From these state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. The National Association of Secondary School Principal (NASSP) National Principal of the Year is selected from among the three finalists.

Strandell has over 25 years of experience in education and has served as principal at Grand Forks Central High School since July 2019.

“Jon Strandell is a learners-first instructional leader who well-navigates the complexities of today's contemporary principalship,” said Dr. Terry Brenner, superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools. “Grand Forks Central High School has a long tradition of a culture of community between and among staff and students. It is because of Jon's leadership that those norms continue to thrive. One of Jon's most admired attributes is his insistence that recognitions and awards are not about him but, rather, about the entire community of Grand Forks Central High School. Our leadership team across the school system holds Jon in high regard and we are thrilled for him and Grand Forks Central."

The NASSP represents middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The organization’s mission is to promote excellence in school leadership.