The Remarkable Principal: Leadership in the 21st century

with Jim Menze


The Remarkable Principal is the podcast designed to help every principal perform their job better, by studying the problems other principals experience, and their solutions to those problems. In each episode Jim Menze will discuss a real situation that a principal in America has faced in the course of his duties. Jim presents the scenario one week, gives his listeners a chance to think about and analyze the issue, and respond to Jim in writing, or verbally through the “Send Voicemail” tab on the website.
The following week Jim will discuss the responses he’s received and give his expert opinion on the issue.
In addition Jim will regularly interview remarkable principals and assistant principals from around the country. These interviews are highly informative and interesting. We hope you enjoy The Remarkable Principal!

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Former Principal, Current KSBE Member, Jim McNeice (Remarkable Principal #10)

May 7, 2013 Jim McNeice Mr. Jim Mc Niece was elected to serve on the Kansas State Board of Education in November of 2012. He represents District 10 which includes parts of South Central Kansas, as well as a portion of the City of Wichita. Mr. Mc Niece has served for over 30 years as a teacher, coach and principal in the State of Kansas in both public and catholic schools ranging in size from class 2A to 6A . In 2009 […]

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RP #9 Julie Wilson KNEA Uniserve Director

May 7, 2013   Mrs. Julie Wilson Mrs. Wilson is the Ark Valley Uniserv Director for the Kansas National Education Association. She has been a classroom teacher and a Middle School Principal.  She has served on numerous curricular and policy committees and has worked with many principals, teachers and boards of educations.  

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RP #8 Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education

May 7, 2013

Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. DeBacker was appointed to the post of Commissioner of Education in September of 2010.  She had served as interim commissioner for a year previous to her appointment.  Prior to that she was Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Learning and Innovative Services for two years. Dr. DeBacker has served as an associate superintendent, a principal, an assistant principal, testing coordinator, and teacher is various school districts in the Topeka area.  She also […]

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RP 7 Ron Castagna and Bad Language and GLBT Club

March 13, 2013

Ron Castagna The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) has named Ron Castagna as the 2012 Colorado High School Principal of the Year. Castagna has been principal of Lakewood High School in the Jefferson County Colorado School District since 1996. Lakewood High School has been recognized by 5280, U.S. News and World Report, and Newsweek for its excellence. Consistent with his style of servant leadership, Castagna is as quick to share credit with his faculty and students as they are […]

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RP 6 Chad Denker and Nude Teacher Photos and Bad Language

March 8, 2013

Chad Denker Chad Denker is the Principal at Seward Senior High School in Seward, Nebraska.  Mr. Denker has been chosen Nebraska High School Principal of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Secondary School Principals.  Mr. Denker has been principal at Seward High School for six years and was principal at Kimball High School in Nebraska. Last Week’s What would you do? Situation: A California teacher has been fired for posting topless photos and other sexually suggestive pictures of herself […]

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John Heim Interview, Play Of The Week: Student Statutory Rape and Nude Teacher Photos (Remarkable Principal #5)

December 20, 2012

Dr. John Heim Dr. Heim is executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards.  Dr. Heim came to KASB after serving as the superintendent for the Emporia Public Schools for 13 years.  Prior to that he was the executive director of the Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK) in Hutchinson. He also has been a superintendent in El Dorado and the Wichita County Schools at Leoti.  He was a building administrator in the Lawrence and […]

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Pam Tate Interview and Girl Beats Boy and Statutory Rape (Remarkable Principal #4)

December 18, 2012

Mrs. Pam Tate was selected as the 2012 Kansas Distinguished Principal by the National Distinguished Principal program offered by the Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals (KAESP). Mrs. Tate is in her seventh year as Principal of Gardner Elementary, having previously served four years as the Assistant Principal at Wheatridge Middle School. Prior to serving as an administrator, Mrs. Tate spent seventeen years teaching 2nd, 5th and 6th grade levels in the Salina, Auburn-Washburn and Shawnee Mission school districts. During […]

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Dale Brungardt and Special Education Student and Girl Beats Boy (Remarkable Principal #3)

December 13, 2012

Mr. Dale Brungardt is in his eleventh year as principal of EJSHS. As a graduate of Victoria High School, he attended FHSU for a couple of years before enlisting in the United States Air Force, as a Nuclear Lab Technician. Upon completing of the enlistment, he returned to finish his school at FHSU. Dale graduated in 1994 from FHSU wit a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Physics. In 2001, Mr. Brungardt completed his M.S. in Educational Administration; a […]

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The Remarkable Assistant Principal Tom Albers and Rosary Beads as Gang Symbol (Remarkable Principal #2)

October 8, 2012

Today’s interview is with Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) Assistant Principal of the year Tom Albers … Tom Albers named Assistant Principal of the Year Each year, the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) and VIRCO recognize middle school and secondary school principals for outstanding and exemplary leadership – in the organization and to the profession. This year, Tom Albers, Hays High School, has been named Assistant Principal of the Year.Albers has served in his current position […]

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The Remarkable Principal Mike Berblinger and Rosary Beads as Gang Symbol (Remarkable Principal #1)

September 28, 2012

Last weeks What Would You DO? Loveland school seizes rosary beads from student, says they’re ‘gang symbol’   We had a great group of comments, all centering around the issue of making sure the parents were informed when the initial discussion with the student about the beads occurred.  Had that happened, there probably would not be a problem at this point.  Legally, this incident goes back to the landmark Tinker case about freedom of speech and expression in public schools.  The Tinker […]

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