Principal Eric Cardwell Embarks on Road Trip of a Lifetime

Cardwell, who serves as NAESP President, will cover nearly 4,500 miles and visit 28 schools during his two-week tour.

School is in session—but principal and NAESP President Eric Cardwell is not in his building. Where is Eric Cardwell? He is embarking on an epic road trip to visit school communities across the nation. Starting from Cedarville in his home state of Michigan, Cardwell will visit 28 elementary and middle-level schools in Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

“Schools are at the very center of this nation’s communities,” said Cardwell, who is an award-winning principal, most recently leading Besser Elementary in Alpena, Michigan. “I’m taking this listening tour as not only a celebration of schools and principal leadership, but also to take a real look at the successes and challenges that they are facing.”

Cardwell is driving nearly 4,500 miles through seven states during the two-week trip, which starts September 13. School communities will be able to spot Cardwell coming; his car will be covered in magnets representing the schools he’s visiting, and school mascot Besser the Bulldog will be in the passenger seat.

Cardwell’s tour is made possible by the generous support of Meemic Insurance Company, serving the educational community for more than 65 years, and The Meemic Foundation, which provides schools with thousands of dollars in year-round grant opportunities.

Follow Cardwell on his trip on Twitter using @Cardwell16, and on other social media platforms using the hashtag #PrincipalRoadTrip.

Follow Cardwell on his trip on Twitter @Cardwell16 and using the hashtag #PrincipalRoadTrip.