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Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals
An Affiliate of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators

Mr. David Kraus, President

An Organizational Philosphy Statement

Circumstances have changed since the time when NAESP (Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals) was formed to serve elementary school principals. Our organization needs to protect its autonomy and significance, yet we must continue to remain flexible in order to work effectively and efficiently within Nebraska's educational family.

A turning point came in 1970 with the decision of many Nebraska educators to pool resources through formation of an umbrella structure. And, as the NCSA (Nebraska Council of School Administrators) has matured and grown over the years, NAESP's structure has worked well within the umbrella's flexibility. The primary benefit emerging in recent years has been NCSA's assumption of many organizational tasks that frees NAESP to better narrow its focus.

NAESP must continue to focus attention on the internal politics of NCSA to assure the continued and consistent presentation of the views of elementary and middle level principals.

Elementary and middle level curriculum, the structure of the elementary and middle level school, the further refinement of the role of the building administrator in these settings, and other efforts consistent with our stated mission and goals will receive high priority by our association. Our organization will continue its expansion of activities and projects to support the above purposes and work to provide forums for our members to share their expertise and to organize committed efforts.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals is to provide leadership and support to elementary and middle level principals through the development, maintenance, and implementation of policies and practices which enhance the quality of education provided to the elementary and middle level youth of Nebraska.

  Executive Officers

David Kraus
Beatrice Middle School
215 North 5th Street
Beatrice, NE 68310
Ann Jablonski
Kooser Elementary School
7301 N. 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68521
Past President
Midge Mougey
Osgood Elementary
495 West State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 69101
Vice President
Mary Derby
Eisenhower Elementary School
3900 West A Street
North Platte, NE  69101
State Representative
Susan Anglemyer
Upchurch Elementary School
8686 S. 165th Street
Omaha, NE 68136
Rod Engel
Central City Elementary School
PO Box 57
Central City, NE 68826
Federal Relations Coordinator
Jeff Ellsworth
St Libory Elementary School
435 St. Paul Rd.
St. Libory, NE 68872
Public Relations
Mark Murphy
Centennial Elementary School
PO Box 187
Utica, NE 68456
NARSA Representative (8-31-2013)
Mary Drew
14905 Jefferson Cir
Omaha, NE 68137

  Officer Duties

President:  The President is the chief officer of the Association and shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.  The President shall perform such functions as:
  1. Serve as a voting member and presiding officer of the Executive Committee;
  2. May serve as a voting delegate to the National Delegate Assembly;
  3. May represent State at Zone Conference;
  4. Review Association policies and recommend priorities to be considered by the Board of Directors;
  5. Represent and speak for the Association on matters of policy or may assign responsibility for such functions;
  6. Meet periodically with the Executive Committee of the Association;
  7. Delegate duties to the President-Elect, Past President and Vice President;
  8. Propose the agenda for meetings of the governing bodies of the Association;
  9. Except as otherwise provided in the Constitution and Bylaws, appoint all Chairs and members of Association committees;
  10. Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of all Association committees, except the Nominating Committee;
  11. Serve as a voting member of the NCSA Executive Committee;
  12. Have such other powers and duties as are authorized by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors.
  13. Secure Past President plaque for presentation at Annual Fall Conference.
The Vice President shall:
  1. Act for the President when the President is unable to perform the duties of his office;
  2. Perform other duties as directed by the President or the Board of Directors;
  3. Serve as primary communication developer and shall organize the Association’s communication program;
  4. Serve as Chair of nominating committees in consort with the five Region Presidents;
  5. Coordinate NAESP Handbook.
President-Elect:  The President-Elect should make a thorough study of the President’s duties and responsibilities and be familiar with the work of the Association, and:
  1. Assumes the duties of the President in case of his resignation until the position is filled, in accordance with the Bylaws;
  2. Serves as an ex officio, voting member of the NCSA Executive Committee;
  3. May serve as Delegate to National Assembly;
  4. Performs other duties as directed by the President or the Executive Committee;
  5. Chair for Awards Committee along with six other appointed members.
Past President: The Past President shall serve as needed in various capacities, and:
  1. Serve as Representative to National Federal Relations Board;
  2. Chair for Annual Research Committee;
  3. Serve as Co-Chair for Nominating Committee - (Vice President is First Chair);
  4. Secure past Region President’s Awards;
  5. Secure National Distinguished Principal Plaque and Award with other four Regional Distinguished Principal Awards for presentation at Annual Fall Conference.
The Secretary shall:
  1. Record all business transacted at each meeting of the Association and of the Executive Committee/Board, and present the minutes for approval at the next meeting;
  2. Act as custodian of all records, except those specifically assigned to others, and promptly deliver all records to his/her successor;
  3. Count a rising vote when required by the presiding officer;
  4. Read minutes of any previous meetings when asked to do so;
  5. Have on hand, for reference at each meeting, a copy of the Bylaws, the standing rules, the agenda, the minutes of previous meetings, and a list of all committees, including names of members of committees; and
  6. Send out notices of Executive Committee/Board and other meetings.

Minutes should contain records of all action taken by the group, including the exact wording of every motion, the name of the member who introduced the motion, and the action taken on the motion. The secretary may request the maker of a motion to put it in writing, if the motion is long and involved. The minutes should report the action taken by the Association, not the dialogue by the members.

State Representative: The Representative of the National Association of Elementary Principals will be a member of the Executive Committee, and Board of the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals.  The State Representative shall serve for a three-year term commencing when elected to take office at the state level.  No State Representative may serve more than two consecutive terms.  The State Representative shall be a regular member of the State and National Association.  In the event that a State Representative does not complete the three-year term, the Board of Directors shall designate a successor to fill the unexpired term.

The State Representative shall:

  1. Serve as liaison between the national and state associations;
  2. Coordinate the association membership campaigns within the state;
  3. Advise the Executive Committee and Board on policies and programs;
  4. Serve on the Executive Board;
  5. Serve as voting member of the National Delegate Assembly;
  6. Perform other duties according to the Bylaws;
  7. Perform other duties as directed by the President or Executive Committee.

  Regional Officers

Region I President
Kris Friesen
York Elementary School
1501 Washington Ave
York, NE  68467
Dottie Heusman
Elementary School at Eagle
600 S. 1st Street
Eagle, NE 68347

Region II President
Mike Janssen
Blair Arbor Park Middle School
PO box 288
Blair, NE 68008
Roberta Deremer
Ezra Millard Elementary School
14111 Blondo Street
Omaha, NE 68164

Region III President
Mary McKeon
Stanton Elementary School
Box 749
Stanton, NE  68779
Sheri Fillipi
South Sioux City Community Schools
210 W. 39 Street
South Sioux City, NE 68776
Region IV President
Fred Evans
Sandoz Elementary School
1711 N Erie
Lexington, NE  68850
Cathleen Cafferty
Longfellow Elementary School
828 N. Hastings
Hastings, NE 68901
Region V President
Brent Jeffers
Sidney Public Schools
2103 King Street
Sidney, NE 69162
Josie Floyd
Sutherland Elementary School
401 Walnut Street
Sutherland, NE 69165


(Amended June, 2004)

Article I - Name and Organization

SECTION 1.  The Organization shall be named the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals (and is hereinafter referred to as NAESP, the Association or the Organization).

SECTION 2.  NAESP shall be a statewide organization and may be subdivided into sub-structures to further its purposes and governance.

Article II - Purpose

SECTION 1.  The Organization is formed to further the educational needs of Nebraska elementary and middle school youth.

SECTION 2.  The Organization is also created to serve as a collective political force to address the identified purposes and needs of elementary and middle school administrators.

Article III - Affiliation

SECTION 1.  By action of the NAESP Board of Directors, the Organization may become affiliated with other professional societies.

SECTION 2.  By action of the NAESP Board of Directors, the Organization may authorize other groups to become affiliated with NAESP.

Article IV - Membership

SECTION 1.  A person shall be deemed an active member of NAESP:
  1. if a professional holding an administrative/supervisory certificate and actively engaged in administration, supervision or the preparation of elementary/secondary school personnel;
  2. if the person has joined NCSA as an active member and has designated NAESP as the desired member affiliate.
SECTION 2.  The Board of Directors may establish other honorary or associate membership categories if not inconsistent with the NCSA Constitution and Bylaws or this Constitution.

SECTION 3.  By membership vote February 1990, the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals became a joint membership/unified membership state.
  1. Transition year of 1990-91.
  2. Implementation of Joint Membership 1991-92.
Article V - Officers

SECTION 1.  The officers of the NAESP shall be an elected President, President-Elect, Past President, Vice President and Secretary.  The term of office shall begin on August lst of each year.

SECTION 2.  The President and President-Elect shall serve one year terms.  The President-Elect shall become President in the event of the vacancy of the office of President or will automatically become President one year after beginning the term as President-Elect.

SECTION 3.  The Secretary and Vice President shall serve two year terms and will be elected in odd-numbered years.

SECTION 4.  The State Representative shall be elected for a three year term but may only serve two consecutive terms.

SECTION 5.  The Federal Relations Coordinator shall be elected for a three-year term, but may only serve two consectuive terms.

SECTION 6.  The Public Relations Coordinator shall be an appointed position with a three-year term, and a limitation of two consecutive terms.

Article VI - The Executive Committee

SECTION 1.  The Executive Committee of NAESP shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Past President, Vice President, Secretary and State Representative.

SECTION 2.  This Executive Committee shall serve as interim spokesmen for NAESP between meetings of the Board of Directors and the Organization's Annual Meeting and shall report its actions to the Board of Directors at its next meeting.

Article VII - Board of Directors

SECTION 1.  The governing Board of Directors shall be composed of the elected officers, the State Representative of the national association, the Federal Relations Coordinator, the Public Relations Coordinator, and the Presidents and Presidents-Elect of designated regions.  By action of the Board, advisors, other consultants and liaison representatives may be appointed on an annual basis to serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2.  The Board of Directors shall have full decision making powers and shall be limited in these powers only by policy set by members in an all-member vote or by members voting at the Annual Meeting.  The Board shall meet four or more times per year.

SECTION 3.  The Board of Directors shall appoint committees and task forces as needed.  The Board shall also appoint representatives of NAESP to serve within the governance structure of the NCSA.

Article VIII - Annual Meeting

SECTION 1.  An Annual Meeting of NAESP members shall be held once per year at a date, time and location determined and announced by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2.  The Annual Meeting shall be a decision making forum.  Any member may place an item on the agenda by submitting the item to the President not later than forty-five days before the Annual Meeting.

SECTION 3.  A quorum for the Annual Meeting shall be those active members present and decisions shall be by a majority of those voting.

Article IX - Parliamentary Procedure

SECTION 1.  The proceedings of all forums of NAESP shall be governed by the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order or other less formal procedures as deemed appropriate.

Article X - Amendments To The Constitution

SECTION 1.  This Constitution may be amended by a secret ballot election of active NAESP members.

SECTION 2.  An amendment may be proposed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3.  Proposed amendments and supporting rationale shall be submitted to active members thirty or more days prior to the deadline for completion and return of the ballot.

  Committee Assignments


Administrators' Days Planning Committee

Jim Jeffres (exp. 9-1-2012)
Prairie View Elementary School
801 East O Street
Ogallala, NE 69153

Lana Daws (exp 9-1-2014) term 2
Seward Elementary School
200 E. Pinewood
Seward, NE 68434

Midge Mougey (exp 9-1-2013) term 2
Osgood Elementry School
495 West State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 69101

NCSA Legislative Committee

Tim Kwapnioski (exp. 9-1-2012)
Bel Air Elementary School
1101 N. 18th St.
Norfolk, NE 68701

Mary Yilk (exp. 9-1-2014) term 2
Doniphan/Trumbull Schools
PO Box 300
Doniphan, NE 68832

  Award Programs

  1. Distinguished Elementary/Middle School Principal Award. The Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals annually recognizes a distinguished principal from each region. One of these principals will be recognized as the Nebraska Distinguished Principal (NDP) and will represent Nebraska in the National Distinguished Principal recognition sponsored by NAESP.

    1. Special Requirements: The nominee must be a member of both the state and national elementary school principal's association. Nominees must have been a practicing principal for the past five years. Note: Current NAESP President, President-Elect, Past President, Zone Director, or State Representative is not eligible for the Award.
    2. Nominations: Any educator who feels that a particular elementary or middle school principal exemplifies quality leadership in education may nominate that principal for consideration. All nominations must be received no later than May 1st.
    3. Acceptance of Nominations: Upon receipt of the nominations, the NCSA office will notify the nominee. The nominee must agree to complete an application form documenting his/her leadership skills and activities.
    4. Application Format: All applications should be submitted in a regular manila folder. The material presented should be in the form as specified in the application. Each criterion should be addressed.
    5. Applications: The NCSA Office will send an application to each principal who is nominated. The application, based on criteria as outlined in this form, is to be completed and returned no later than November 1st to NCSA.
    6. Selection Procedure: The NDP State Committee of NAESP will review all applications to determine that the basic criterias have been met. Members of the Committee will select a finalist to represent Nebraska at the National Distinguished Principals Recognition.
    7. Awards: The Nebraska Distinguished Principal will be presented in January and recognized at the State Convention of NAESP.
    8. Criteria: Contact NCSA to obtain a form (800-793-6272 or 476-8055).
  2. NAESP Longevity Awards. The NAESP Executive Board recognizes the importance of acknowledging principals who have devoted a lifetime to education.

    1. Purpose of Award: To recognize individuals who have served as Elementary/Middle School Principals in Nebraska for 15, 20, or 25 or more years.
    2. Criteria:
      1. Must be current member of the Nebraska Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals.
      2. Must have completed service as an elementary/middle school principal in Nebraska for at least 15 years. Recognition will be given for service at 15 years and increments of five years thereafter up to 25 years.
      3. Any years served that include elementary/middle administrative school service will qualify (i.e. K-12, 7-9).
    3. Guidelines:
      1. Data will be kept with other membership information at the NCSA office.
      2. The awards will be given at the Convention.
      3. Recipients will be notified of the award and data verified before the convention.
  3. Award of Excellence for Making Education Come Alive for Children. The "Award of Excellence" is an attempt to foster the sharing of successful ideas and programs among schools within the state. The NAESP will award a certificate to each school willing to submit a brief description of a successful program in place in their school. The main thrust of this program is to promote excellence in all our schools.

    1. Special Requirements: Nominated schools must employ a principal who is a current member of NAESP.
    2. Nominations: Any educator may nominate a school for this recognition. Nominations must be in writing, but should be brief. Self nominations by principals are encouraged.
    3. Deadline: Nominations must be typed and submitted to NCSA prior to January 1st of each year. Nomination forms may be obtained by contacting NCSA at 800-793-6272 or 476-8055.
    4. Selection Procedure: The NAESP Executive Board will annually select recipient(s) for the award. Schools are limited to one award per year.
  4. The Friend of Education Award. The Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals recognizes the important contribution made by many businesses, civic groups and individuals to elementary and middle level schools throughout our great state. To acknowledge these contributions and to demonstrate appreciation of these efforts, the NAESP proudly offers the "Friend of Education Award." Deserving businesses, civic groups or individuals may be nominated by any NAESP member. The completed nomination form will be reviewed by the NAESP Executive Board which will serve as the selection committee. Five awards will be given, no more than one recipient from each region. The selection committee will make selections based solely upon the information provided on the nomination form which may be obtained by contacting NCSA at 800-793-6272 or 476-8055.

    1. Criteria:
      1. Exemplary leadership in promoting public awareness of elementary and middle level education.
      2. Exemplary efforts providing special services and unique opportunities for children in elementary and middle level schools.
      3. Exemplary efforts becoming involved in elementary and middle level education.
      4. Exemplary efforts to support the mission of elementary and middle level schools as well as the mission of the NAESP.
    2. Process:
      1. One "Friend of Education Award" shall be presented in each NAESP Region.
      2. To be accepted, nomination forms must be completed by an NAESP member.
      3. Nomination forms must be received by January 1st of each year.
      4. Awards may be presented at the final Region meeting or when deemed appropriate by the Region President.
      5. Criteria for the award has been established by the NAESP Executive Board, and recipients will be selected by the Board or its designee.
  5. Outstanding New Principal Award.

    1. Nominations: The nomination process consists of submitting a deserving individual's name to the NCSA office by September 15th. NCSA will mail an application packet to each nominee and the completed packet must be returned to the NCSA office by January 1st along with the following materials: a. A resume, including: (i) number of years as a member of NCSA; (ii) number of years as a member of NAESP; (iii) number of years as a member of NAESP; (iv) membership in other professional organizations; and (v) significant contributions to your profession and/or professional organization at the local, state and national levels. b. Four letters of recommendation, one each from the following: (i) an administrator; (ii) a staff member; (iii) a community member; and (iv) a student. (NOTE: The NCSA office will solicit the letters of recommendation should the nominee provide the NCSA office with the names and addresses.)
    2. Carry-over Nominations: The files of those nominees not selected will remain active for one additional years. A new file of carry-over nominees should be established at the conclusion of the selection meeting. The NCSA liaison person will be responsible for compiling such a file. Provided, outstanding new principal candidates must be in their first five years as a principal to be eligible.
    3. Qualifications: The nominee must be a member of NAESP (state and national) and NCSA. To be eligible a member must be nominated and selected before they begin their sixth year of experience as an administrator (Assistant Principal or Principal).
    4. Criteria: Person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in their school, their region and at the state level. Person will have demonstrated their enthusiasm for the principalship by support from students, parents, teachers, and peers.
    5. Selection Procedure: The past recipient of the award and the five Region Presidents will review all applications to select the recipient of the award.
    6. Award: The award will be presented a plaque at the annual State Convention.

  Meeting Dates


NAESP Executive Board
  • November 4, 2011 - NCSA Offices - 9:00 a.m. - Lincoln
  • December 1, 2011 - Younes  - 10:00 a.m., Kearney
  • February TBD - City of NDP
  • July 25, 2012 - Holiday Inn - 10:00 a.m. - Kearney
NAESP National Convention
  March 22-24, 2012 - Seattle, WA

NAESP State Convention
December 1-2, 2011 - Younes Conference Center - Kearney

Region I Meetings
  • October 24, 2011 -- Youth Leadership Conference, Doane College (12:00 p.m.), Crete
  • March 21, 2012 - Seward Country Club(6:00 p.m.) - Seward
  • April 25, 2012 - Lo Sole Mio in (6:00 p.m.) - Omaha

Region II Meetings
  • September 14, 2011 - Legends Patio Bar & Grill (5:30 p.m.), Omaha
  • October 18, 2011 - Student Leadership Conf - UNO (9:00 a.m.), Omaha
  • December 14, 2011 - Indian Creek Country Club,(5:00 p.m.), Elkhorn
  • February 22, 2012 -- Brix at Village Point (5:30 p.m.), Omaha
  • April 25, 2012 -- TBD (5:30 p.m.), Omaha

Region III Meetings
  • September 28, 2011 - Lifelong Learning Center  (2:00 p.m.), Norfolk
  • November 16, 2011 - Lifelong Learning Center (2:00 p.m.), Norfolk
  • March 14, 2012 - Lifelong Learning Ctr. (2:00 p.m.), Norfolk
  • April 25, 2012 - Norfolk Country Club

Region IV Meeting

  • September 20, 2011 - Mac's Creek Vineyard (12:00 p.m.), Lexington
  • November 18, 2011 - Mid Nebraska Youth Leadership, UNK (8:45 a.m.), Kearney
  • April 17, 2012 - TBD (12:00 p.m.), Hastings

Region V Meetings
  • September 27, 2011 - WNCC (9:00 a.m.), Sidney
  • January 31, 2012 - Valentino's (9:00 a.m.), Ogallala
  • March 27, 2012 - WNCC (9:00 a.m.), Sidney
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