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October 22, 2013

Sibley East principal headed to D.C. for honor

GAYLORD — The Sibley East Elementary School principal is among a small group of school leaders being honored nationally for sustaining strong schools during National Principals Month.

Mari Lu Martens is among 61 elementary and middle school principals from across the country and abroad to be named 2013 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Martens will be honored Friday at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be giving congratulatory remarks.

Martens learned last spring she was the state recipient of the award, which honors exemplary elementary and middle school principals who “set the pace, character and quality of education children receive during their early school years,” according to the organization’s website.

Established in 1984, the program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by association state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools. National Principals Month was established to recognize and honor the contributions of school principals and assistant principals toward the success of the nation’s students and encourage awareness of their significance.

For more information, visit www.naesp.org.

— Free Press Staff

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