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Trimm Named NAESP National Distinguished Principal

October 4, 2021

PETAL, Miss. – Because principal leadership is key to student success, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) recognizes accomplished elementary and middle-level principals from across the nation and abroad as a part of its annual National Distinguished Principal (NDP) program. The 2021 class of NDPs will be honored during a two-day event in Washington, D.C. that culminates with an awards banquet on October 8.

Tessa Trimm, principal at Petal Primary School, will represent the Mississippi Association of Elementary School Principals at the 2021 NDP program and will be recognized for her outstanding leadership.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be chosen as this year's NDP for Mississippi. It is exciting to have the opportunity to add other principals from around the nation into my network of colleagues. I am eager to learn about their schools and find ways to improve my practice,” said Trimm.

Principal honorees are selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools. Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

“Our district is so fortunate and proud to have an exceptional principal like Mrs. Trimm. She is very deserving of this recognition, and I know she will represent our district and state very well,” said Dr. Matt Dillon, Petal School District superintendent of schools.

It is particularly fitting to acknowledge the work of principals in October because it is National Principals Month, which was established to recognize and honor the contributions of school principals toward the success of the nation’s students and encourage awareness of their significance.

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