For those that work in the field of education, one of the most important goals is making a positive impact on students’ lives. Building relationships with students and helping them reach their academic goals is paramount to the educational experience. For Underwood School District Principal John Hamann, it’s that mantra that drives him everyday.
Hamann was recognized by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals to receive the Distinguished Service to Education Award. The award honors those that have committed themselves to the service of education in Minnesota.
“I am very humbled to be considered for this award,” Hamann said. “There are so many great principals in the state especially in this area of the state, that have done so many positive things for students and fellow principals.”
Nominations for the award are submitted to the association’s board of directors for review and the board votes on each of the nominees. While the award is not given every year, it is prestigious as it is given, not just to educators, but to individuals that make positive change to support everyone in the educational process in a variety of leadership roles.
Hamann has worn many hats in his 23 years in the Underwood School District including principal, E-rate coordinator, activities director, staff development chair, intervention coordinator and on the STAR Committee. Before coming to Underwood, Hamann was the principal and held several other roles in Wyndmere, North Dakota, was a graduate assistant at North Dakota State University in education, while also having numerous responsibilities on campus.
The Underwood principal has also received several other awards in the past including Athletic Director of the Year (1992, 1995, 1996) and was the president of the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors from 2010-14.
“Our faculty and staff work so hard in creating relationship with students and parents. They also are prepared every hour of every day to give our students every opportunity to be successful. We have had a lot of success in and out of the classroom and the Underwood School and community can be very proud of that,” Hamann said.
Hamann will receive the award Thursday, Jan. 30 at the MASSP Winter Conference in Minneapolis.