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Honored principal opening innovative new school

Diane Moeller A construction worker helps Diane Moeller operate a backhoe during groundbreaking for her new school in St. Joseph, Minn.

Diane Moeller ’77 ’82 is at the pinnacle of her career as an educator. In 2006, the St. Cloud native was honored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as one of 65 National Distinguished Principals.

Moeller’s school, Kennedy Elementary in St. Joseph, Minn., was honored as a 2006-07 Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association.

In September 2008, Moeller expects to open an energy-efficient, eco-friendly school that will replace Kennedy. The preschool through eighth-grade building will have geothermal heat, an innovative ventilation system and 20-plus acres of low-maintenance prairie plantings.

Inside the 750-student school, Moeller will champion values that have been cornerstones during her 30 years of service to public education, including an unwavering commitment to every student in her care.

“Public education is for all,” said Moeller. “We learn and benefit from being with a variety of types of people.”