|Oregon principal Barb Chester elected NAESP President-Elect|
Barb Chester, principal of Cherry Park Elementary School in the David Douglas School District, has been elected President-Elect of the National Association of Elementary Principals (NAESP).
Chester says she is “thrilled” to be representing elementary principals from around the country – many of whom have inspired her throughout her career. Foremost on her mind, she says, is representing the goals of the NAESP membership, which include the importance of principals as instructional leaders in educating America’s children. She will also preside over the NAESP National Conference April 7-11, 2011, in Tampa, Florida.
Chester came to Oregon in 1989, the same year that Gary Salyers, from
the North Clackamas School District, was serving in this very same
national position. Salyers encouraged her to get involved in not only
OESPA and COSA, but also the national association. It is a decision
that she says changed the course of her life and career, and she
encourages her colleagues to do the same. “I’m a firm believer in the
power of being involved in your state and national associations,”
Chester says. “It has opened so many doors, and made me a much more
effective administrator.” To date, Chester and Salyers are the only
two Oregon principals to hold NAESP’s top post.
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