National Distinguished Principal


What we learn can shape who we become.

One North Dakotan loved what she was learning so much that she decided to make a career out of it.

Alexus Arthur introduces us to a nationally recognized educator.

“Have a fabulous Thursday” said Cindy Cook, Sunnyside Elementary Principal.

Everyone knows Mrs. Cook.

“She comes in the classroom almost everyday and when she comes in she doesn’t just sit back and watch, she really gets in, talks to the students, she wants to know what they’re doing.” said Amber Sluke, 2nd Grade Teacher.

“She’s fun to learn with.” said Everette Deschamp, 2nd Grader.

Everyone knows her because she’s the principal. She’s been chosen as a distinguished principal in North Dakota and is being recognized on the national level.

“Extremely humbling and we realize that we wouldn’t be where we were if we didn’t have an amazing staff.” said Cook.

“There is nobody in the world who deserves that honor more than her. She’s amazing at what she does.” said Sluke.

Receiving the honor means something special to Mrs. Cook but the work that’s being done in her school is what makes her the most proud.

“You come and you feel supported and encouraged and you go home with more energy than when you started.” said Cook.

“I think that she’s like the better of the principals that you could ever find.” said Ava Bennett, 5th Grader.

“She’s really nice, caring, she does a lot for her school that she runs.” said Kylee Letvis, 5th Grader.

If she was being graded on her job.
“I know that she has my back no matter what.” said Sluke.

“I think that she’s a really good principal.” said Letvis.

“She’d go out of her way for any of us.” said Bennett,

It’s safe to say, that she would get an A.

Cindy Cook’s award is through the National Distinguished Principals program.

A teacher from every state was selected and awarded a plaque in Washington D.C.

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