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South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals (SDAESP)

The SDAESP is a non profit organization of Principals in South Dakota. Membership is optional, and membership details can be found at the School Administrators of South Dakota site.
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A special thank you to Horace Mann for sponsoring our South Dakota National Distinguished Principal's trip to Washington D.C.

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From President Chantal Ligtenberg:


On behalf of the South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals (SDAESP), I would like to welcome you to our website.  I am the current President of SDAESP for the 2017-2018 school year.  It is an honor to be a part of this association.  Our organization provides its members with professional development, networking opportunities, and advocates on the behalf of school leaders with state and federal legislators and the South Dakota Board of Education.  If you are not a current member, please consider joining.  I truly believe SDAESP provides necessary supports to principals to be effective leaders, which foster better schools and improves the education of all students. Please contact me if you would like more information about SDAESP or have questions or concerns about our website.

Best wishes on a great 2017-2018 school year!


Chantal Ligtenberg

SDAESP President

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Noid - the 2018 National Distinguished Principal for South Dakota!