West Junior High principal wins MNIB Leadership Award

Leanne Kampfe is the first person to receive the newly created MNIB Leadership Award. Colleagues surprised her with an award ceremony March 12.
March 19, 2020

Leanne Kampfe won the MNIB Leadership Award. Her colleagues surprised her on March 12 with a small celebration in the school media center to recognize her as the award recipient. 

Kampfe entered the room to thunderous applause and Jon Peterson, the executive director of the Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB), presented her with the award. The MNIB Leadership Award was created this year and Kampfe is the first person to receive it.

“It’s important that you realize what a gem you have — that you have someone who is considered a leader in the state,” Peterson said.

Jen Poncelet, IB coordinator at West Junior High, said Kampfe embodies many of the IB learner profile traits. Furthermore, Kampfe is able to look at a situation from multiple angles as a critical thinker and she is constantly thinking about what she can do and what the school is doing to create .

“She passionately believes in vigilant equity, in the capacity of all children, and that “All are Welcome Here,” Poncelet said. “She fights for this goal tirelessly, even when it’s really, really hard. I am truly inspired by her diligence and dedication, and I’m honored to be able to work with her.”

Several other colleagues spoke about the kind of leader Kampfe has proven to be and shared stories about the encouragement and guidance she has shown her staff. One particular trait stood out to assistant principal Matthew Johnson.

“Leanne being principled through the hard times, the good times, when things are tough has been encouragement for me in this administration,” Johnson said.

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