MASA has named Dr. Curt Tryggestad, Superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools, as the 2017 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.
As the Minnesota honoree, Dr. Tryggestad is a candidate among other state recipients for National Superintendent of the Year, to be announced during the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) convention held on March 1-4, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Tryggestad was selected for this honor by a panel of representatives from a variety of Minnesota education organizations.
“During his time at Eden Prairie Schools, Dr. Tryggestad has become a pillar of leadership and professional excellence within his schools and the surrounding communities,” said MASA Executive Director Dr. Gary Amoroso. “Dr. Tryggestad is deserving of this award in every fashion, and I am excited to continue to watch him lead Eden Prairie Schools for many years to come. On behalf of MASA, I am extremely proud to have him represent our administrators as Minnesota’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year.”
Eden Prairie Schools serves 9,300 students with six elementary schools, a middle school and a high school as well as two early childhood program sites and the Tassel Transition Program. Eden Prairie Schools has one of the most comprehensive digital programs in the country, providing individual devices to students from early childhood through high school and targeted, job-embedded professional development opportunities for their teaching staff. Eden Prairie has the largest array of student activities in the state, with more than 80% of their high school students involved in at least one after school activity. Eden Prairie students consistently score above the state ACT averages and are recognized as State AP Scholars at a rate far outpacing all other Minnesota high schools.
“Dr. Tryggestad exemplifies every day the key values of leadership, communication, professionalism, and community involvement that are the important components of a successful superintendent,” said Elaine Larabee, Chair of the Eden Prairie School Board. “Eden Prairie has a rich and diverse student culture that requires a variety of programming to serve a variety of needs. During his tenure with Eden Prairie Schools, Dr. Tryggestad has led a number of initiatives that have been respectful of that culture and will result in the long term success of all students and of the district itself.”
Dr. Tryggestad began his duties as superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools on July 1, 2012. Prior to working at Eden Prairie Schools, he was the Superintendent at Little Falls Community Schools, Superintendent at Esko Public Schools, and Secondary Principal at Pine City Public Schools. Dr. Tryggestad began his career in education as an instrumental music instructor. •
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