College of Education Leadership Award- Michael Spanier ’71 ’76 ’81
Monday, January 25, 2010
The personal approach to teaching shown him by his St. Cloud State instructors helped Michael Spanier, Sartell, meet the challenge of studying on a large campus after attending a one-room schoolhouse. In his ascent from teacher and coach to award-winning school administrator, he has emulated his mentors and led by example to help others achieve their own educational goals.
“These people modeled integrity, passion and perseverance in the accomplishment of their goals,” Spanier said of the many outstanding colleagues and mentors who have influenced him in his 35-year career.
Spanier was a Sartell Middle School principal for 20 years and is a four-time Middle Level Principal of the Year honoree of the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. He is also a consultant for seven Minnesota school districts and the University of North Dakota.
Spanier also officiates at high school, college and professional sports – including Big Ten Conference football and basketball and National Football League playoffs. “My experiences in education, teaching, coaching and officiating in high school, college – and now professionally – have all had their mark on my success.”