Rob Monson is NAESP’s 2011-2012 president.

Principal Leadership
Robert L. Monson, a 16-year veteran principal, 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 key instructional leaders, actively involved in shaping the long-term impact of school improvement efforts.

Monson's Biography
Monson is an experienced leader who has served as principal at the elementary and high school levels. This award-winning leader has presented on the topics of distance learning and curriculum-based measurement at state and national conferences. Most recently, Monson worked as principal of Parkston Elementary School in South Dakota. As instructional leader, he wrote grants and received funding from multiple sources to design and deliver curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Additionally, Monson volunteered to coach after-school athletic programs that provided a safe, engaging environment for children.

After serving in Desert Storm as a combat medic with the South Dakota National Guard, Monson began his education career in 1991 as a high school business/computer teacher at Marty Indian School. Later, he accepted a high school principalship and then moved to the elementary level where he provided leadership for the Parkston School District as well as two Hutterite Colony Schools.

Monson joined NAESP in 1997, working as Zone 7 Director and Key Contact since 2007. In 2009, he was awarded the NAESP Outstanding Service Award; in 2005, he was awarded the School Administrators of South Dakota Little Red School House Award; and in 2001, he was awarded the Instructional Leadership Award from the South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals.

Monson believes that today’s educational leaders must be forward thinking with their vision and assume advocacy at a variety of levels in order to assure all children receive a quality education.

Monson earned a B.S. in business education with a minor in computers from Dakota State University and a M.Ed. in education administration from the University of South Dakota.

On The Balancing Act

To help parents better meet their children’s educational needs, NAESP has joined forces with Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act. The president of NAESP appears regularly on the show’s The Parent Teacher Corner, a segment that provides information for parents about how to help their children succeed in school.