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Amy Galatz

Amy Galatz

The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) recognized Amy Galatz, principal of King Elementary School, Deer River District, with the 2013 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award. Principals are responsible for a school’s instructional, school culture, and resource leadership. The award honors principals whose exemplary leadership and sustained efforts have made noteworthy contributions to the operation of effective school learning programs — improving education, their communities, and their profession. Galatz was recognized Feb. 7 at the MESPA Awards Banquet during the annual MESPA Institute, the statewide convention of Minnesota’s elementary and middle level principals.

In her principalship, Galatz is guided by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education.”

Galatz was nominated by Willie Spelts, principal at Roosevelt Elementary School, Virginia Public Schools. On behalf of MESPA Northeast Division principals, Spelts stated: “Amy is very interested in making her school a great place for the students of King Elementary. She has taken over as president of our Northeast division and has a great plan in place for us this year and years to come. Amy allows input from the principals and fosters a very good working environment. She is kind, caring, and strong at the same time. At a time when everyone is too busy to do extra things, Amy was willing to take over the leadership of our group!”

Among her most significant career accomplishments, Galatz cites successfully implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) frameworks at King Elementary beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, with the end result of improved student achievement and improved school climate. “Along with this implementation, we developed a strong problem solving process and intervention model that supports all students, all of which is driven by academic and behavior data,” said Galatz.

“The model was successfully implemented across preschool programs in Deer River and grades K-5, facilitating work among grade level teams during the 2011-12 school year at King Elementary to align standards and test specifications for math and science,” she continued. “There was a 22 percent improvement in MCA tests scores in math and in science, compared to the previous year. We also successfully implemented standards-based report cards for K-5 that aligned to learning outcomes, and grade level teams created “I can” statements in 2011-12 in an effort to communicate to parents and students grade-level standards for each quarter.”

Past honors and recognition received by Galatz include: MN School of Excellence validation for King Elementary, 2010; Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota’s Future award for King Elementary, 2009; Minnesota Association of Administrators of State and Federal Programs, Distinguished School award for King Elementary, 2010; and as the principal of King Elementary, which successfully implemented PBIS (positive behavior intervention supports), invited to join the MN North Regional Implementation Project, a leadership team for the MN Department of Education in the implementation of PBIS in northern MN.

Within MESPA, Galatz has served her professional colleagues as: Northeast Division president, 2012-2014; Northeast Division president-elect, 2010-2012. Galatz also represented MESPA in the collaborative work between MESPA, MASSP (secondary principals), and MASA (superintendents) to develop a principal evaluation tool for Minnesota principals in 2010, and on the MN Department of Education Teacher Evaluation Work Force in the development of a Minnesota teacher evaluation tool, in 2012.

MESPA members selected 12 of their peers to receive the 2013 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award.