Join us for the professional development event of the year! On February 5-7, you will be joined by 425+ of your colleagues for an incredible experience. With presentations from incredible thought leaders, more than 30 sessions rooted in mental health, innovation, education equity, and leadership development, MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues, an Unconference in which you guide your own learning, and 80+ education-based exhibits, how could you go wrong?

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Friday, February 7 • 9:15am - 10:00am
MESPA Speaks

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What is more powerful than the voices of your peers? Join us for our 5th annual MESPA Speaks! These short, impactful talks from MESPA principals will leave you feeling EMPOWERED, MOTIVATED, and COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY!

This year's lineup:
  • "You've Got the Power" - Shawn Stibbins, Principal at Crest View Elementary, Osseo Area Schools
  • "Looking Our Beliefs in the Mirror" - Ariana Wright, Principal at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary, Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools
  • "The Danger of a Double Story" - Fatima Lawson, Principal at Highwood Hills Elementary, St. Paul Public Schools
  • "Serve Like 'Themus'" - Brian Franklin, Principal at Cokato Elementary, Dassel-Cokato Schools
  • "Who Are You? No, Who Am I?" - Sam Fredrickson, Birchview Elementary, Wayzata Public Schools

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Shawn Stibbins

Crest View Elementary
Shawn Stibbins has been in education for more than 20 years as a paraprofessional, teacher, coach, and administrator. Shawn got into education to make a difference in the lives of students with the primary goal of providing a positive and productive school experience especially for... Read More →
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Ariana Wright

Ariana Wright is the proud principal at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School.  She leads a building of 850 K-4 students. She leads through her belief that all people can grow and change, all means all, we are better together, and kids come first - always, no exceptions.  Ariana’s... Read More →
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Fatima Lawson

Fatima Lawson is a strong advocate for children and education, especially the education of women and girls, and is passionate about social justice! She was raised in a predominantly Muslim community in Kano, Northern Nigeria, and beat all odds to pursue a career in education. Married... Read More →
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Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin has been in education for the past 24 years as a 6th grade teacher, middle school dean of students, middle school principal, adjunct college professor, and is currently on his 6th year as Cokato Elementary Principal. Brian has also worked with various law enforcement... Read More →
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Sam Fredrickson

Sam Fredrickson is in his seventh year as principal of Birchview Elementary School in Wayzata Public Schools, a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Prior to Birchview, Sam was the Assistant Principal of Kaposia Education Center in South St. Paul. He started his career... Read More →

Friday February 7, 2020 9:15am - 10:00am CST
Grand Ballroom