Parents United’s Executive Director Mary Cecconi to Receive Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators – March 15, 2012

/ 15 March 2012 / jennifer

Award to be given at the MASA/MASE Spring Conference on March 16

St. Paul, MN, March 15, 2012—Mary Cecconi, executive director of Parents United for Public Schools, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). The first woman honoree in the 21 year history of this award, Cecconi is being recognized for her lifelong support of Minnesota public education. The award will be presented at a statewide recognition ceremony during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 15-16, 2012, at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Minneapolis South in Bloomington.

“Mary has inspired countless parents to make their voices heard, at both the local and state levels,” said Craig Roen, board president of Parents United for Public Schools. “The Board is extremely proud of Mary and grateful to MASA for its recognition of her dedication to helping families of public school children to understand how education policy is made as well as her commitment to holding decision-makers accountable for the education policies they advance.”

Cecconi has been an outspoken advocate for children and public schools for more than 35 years. She holds her Master’s in Education, has taught at secondary and post-secondary levels, worked in school administration, and served as an elected school board member, but cites her most important role in public schools as a parent advocate. Since Cecconi joined Parents United in 2004, she has shared her political acumen and understanding of education policy issues with parents and community members across the state helping them work through the myths and realities of declining education funding as well as the vagaries of education policy making.

“I am honored to receive MASA’s Distinguished Service Award,” said Mary Cecconi. “I believe the reason I have been recognized is because of my association with Parents United, a tremendous organization that works with parents and community members throughout the state who believe in public education. The work they do to ensure every child has access to quality public schools inspires me. I am grateful to be their spokesperson and humbled by this honor.”

Each year, MASA recognizes members for their contribution to public education. MASA is a professional organization of Minnesota’s school leaders, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of special education and other central office administrators, as well as state department administrators, college and university professors, and other educators throughout Minnesota dedicated to educational leadership.

For more information, please contact Craig Roen, Board Chair for Parents United for Public Schools at 651-329-1241, or Mia Urick, Director of Professional Development, MASA, at 651-645-6272.

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