PLYMOUTH — A Wayzata Public Schools principal is being recognized by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) for her leadership.

Principal Kari Wehrmann, of Kimberly Lane Elementary, was awarded the 2019 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award for the West Suburban Division, a March 28 news release from the organization says.

The award honors principals for their leadership and efforts that have improved education, their communities and their profession, the release said. Wehrmann summarized her educational philosophy in a quote, saying: “Meet people where they are. Help them be better,” the release said.

“Over my 27 years in public education and 13 years as a school principal, I have been able to participate in, as well as lead several initiatives,” Wehrmann said in a statement. “Initially, when asked to choose my most significant accomplishments of my career, my first reaction was to highlight items that would typically be listed at the top of my resume. Upon deeper reflection though, choosing three big and shiny initiatives didn’t feel honest because the places where I feel I have the most impact are not big and shiny. They are tiny and incremental, many times messy, and painful moments that are truly difference-makers in people’s lives. It is in those moments that I feel I am at my best, supporting my school community.”

Wehrmann was nominated by Meadow Ridge Elementary Principal Karen Keffeler, who said: “Kari is full of energy and exemplifies division leadership. She is working to make sure every principal is contacted, that meetings are meaningful and that our division is an effective resource for its principals.”

Wehrmann was recognized on Feb. 7 during the annual statewide convention of elementary and middle-level principals. She was one of 13 principals in Minnesota to receive the award this year.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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