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Date March 9, 2004

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Jana Caldwell
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Elsberry Named 2004 Colorado National Distinguished Principal

The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) announces the selection of Keith Elsberry, principal of Manitou Springs Middle School, as the 2004 Colorado National Distinguished Principal of the Year.

Among Elsberry’s accomplishments are an active parent volunteer program, a purposeful focus on instructional strategies tied to student needs, and an integrated system of teaching math, science, language arts, social studies, physical education, and music. These actions have contributed to higher levels of student learning.

In support of his nomination, Manitou Springs Assistant Superintendent Susan Scott said Elsberry holds himself, staff, and students to a high standard. “Keith does an exceptional job of keeping his staff focused on the mutually agreed upon values, goals, and mission of [the school],” said Scott. He is a strong leader who also “constantly seeks ways to engage parents and the community in his program,” she added.

This is Elsberry’s 34th year in education. He has been principal of Manitou Springs Middle School since 1983. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.

Elsberry was selected by his peers in the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals (CAESP), a department of CASE and affiliate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The National Distinguished Principal program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, NAESP, and VALIC.

Pam Herrmann, president of CAESP said, “The National Distinguished Principal program recognizes only the best among elementary or middle level building leaders. CAESP is proud to honor Keith for his exemplary performance at Manitou Springs Middle School.”

This award recognizes successful elementary or middle level principals who have provided outstanding leadership. Selection criteria include evidence of respect from the school community; active community involvement; strong educational leadership; and evidence of maintaining an orderly, purposeful learning environment.

CASE will present Elsberry with his award at a school district event this spring. He and other CASE award winners also will be recognized at the annual CASE convention this summer in Breckenridge.

As Colorado’s National Distinguished Principal, Elsberry will be honored, along with other state winners, in Washington, D.C. next fall.

Established in 1969, the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) is an organization of more than 2,000 school administrators committed to improving student achievement through promoting and building quality education leadership in all Colorado schools.

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