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Heidi Keegan Named NAESP National Distinguished Principal®

Heidi L. Keegan Named NAESP National Distinguished Principal®

Heidi Keegan

Representing the state of Florida, the Charlotte County Public Schools principal will travel to the Washington, D.C. program to be recognized for outstanding leadership.

[Punta Gorda, FL—September 1, 2022]  Because principal leadership is key to student success, the National Association of Elementary School Principals recognizes accomplished elementary and middle-level principals from across the nation and abroad as a part of its annual National Distinguished Principal (NDP) program. The 2022 class of NDPs will be honored during a two-day event in Washington, D.C. that culminates with an awards banquet on October 7.

Heidi Keegan will represent the Florida Association of School Administrators at the 2022 NDP program. Keegan, who has been an educator and leader in eight Title I schools over the past 20 years, is being recognized for her success in promoting positive school culture and for significantly raising student achievement scores of children with unique talents and abilities, children from diverse populations, and those from limited-asset backgrounds. 

“While the pandemic has tested every aspect of our society, including schools, principals have continued to lead dynamic learning communities and serve as a beacon of hope,” said Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, NAESP’s executive director. “NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and is a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to these exceptional school leaders.”

Principal honorees are selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools. Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.


Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle school principals in the United States and internationally. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy and professional learning, advocacy, programs, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP advances the profession on behalf of all principals, providing specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and capacity-building educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit

Click here to learn more about the 2022 NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPAL® PROGRAM.



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