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Governor appoints SPPS teacher to Minnesota Board of School Administrators

Mary Frances Clardy, a teacher at The Heights Community School, has been appointed by Governor Tim Walz to represent teachers on the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA). The Board's duties include licensing of school administrators, processing requests for licensure variance, and establishing and maintaining standards for school administrators statewide.

Clardy is a veteran teacher of more than 20 years who has spent her career serving students in Saint Paul Public Schools. During her tenure, she has been recognized for her leadership in the education field and has earned the recognition of Minnesota governors and local leaders. Before serving on BOSA, she served on the Minnesota State Board of Teaching. 

"Being selected as the teacher member on this important Board is an honor," said Clardy. "I look forward to sharing with the Board my experiences in the classroom that help students achieve success. Increasing achievement requires transparency, accountability, bold vision, and new thinking about teaching and learning." 

Clardy holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Minnesota State University – Mankato and has received an Educator of Excellence Award. Also, she coached her fellow teachers on best instructional practices for a decade before returning to her current position in the K-5 classroom. 

Superintendent Joe Gothard praised the Governor's appointment. "Mary Clardy's years of service in the Saint Paul Public Schools and experience in the classroom will serve the Board and schools across the state well. Ensuring that high-quality administrators are leading Minnesota school districts is critical for the future of our State.”