Eric S. Cardwell

NAESP’s 2018-2019 President

Eric S. Cardwell is the elected president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), which represents pre-K–8 educators in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP is led by Board members who are practicing principals and are actively involved in shaping the long-term impact of school improvement efforts.

Eric S. Cardwell began his education career at Les Cheneaux Elementary School in Cedarville, Michigan, where he served as a teacher and then principal. He has also served as principal of Sanborn Elementary and Besser Elementary.

Cardwell has been a member of NAESP since 2000, and has served on its Board of Directors as President-Elect, Vice President, and Director of Zone 6. Cardwell has also been active in the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, serving as President, Professional Development Representative, and Legislative Representative. Cardwell is also active in the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation, Les Cheneaux Education Foundation, and Lions Club.

In addition to these leadership roles, Cardwell’s professional honors include receiving the State of Michigan’s Governor’s Excellence In Practice Award (2002), the Michigan Federation of Teachers and School Personnel’s Red School House Award (2002), and the State of Michigan's Golden Apple Award (2001).

Cardwell is married to Kim Cardwell, a special education teacher; they have two children. Maddy recently graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience while their son Aiden is entering his freshman year of high school.

Cardwell received an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University.