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Zimmerman named western division Principal of the Year

Perham High School Principal Ehren Zimmerman has been named Western Division Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.

Zimmerman, who has been in education for 17 years and in Perham for two, was quick to point out that the recognition was not earned through his efforts alone.

“It’s not just an individual achievement. It means a lot more for our school here, our staff. It’s not just my piece, it’s our staff members who do a lot to assist in winning this award,” he said in a telephone interview last week. “Support from the community and staff is invaluable – that’s everybody.”

“It’s great, personally, for Ehren to be recognized by his peers, but also for the school and the community,” said Perham-Dent Superintendent Mitch Anderson. “To receive that kind of award this early in his career at Perham is important. He’s well-deserving of the award.”

The Western Division of the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) consists of about 38 schools in the area.

Zimmerman was nominated at a March meeting of Lakes Country Cooperative, and will be recognized for the award at a conference in Brainerd, Minn., this summer.

Recipients of the award “do a little something above and beyond what everyone else is doing” and “show the others your leadership characteristics,” said Bryan Strand, who is the principal at Barnesville High School and head of the MASSP’s Western Division. “I’ve known Ehren since he was in Rothsay. He’s very good with technology and a very good school leader who leads by example. He builds good relationships with his students.”