Nationally Distinguished Principal - Dream Big, Live Colorfully, Lead Boldly
Jessica Cabeen Bio
Jessica currently serves as the principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin, Minnesota. Prior to this role she was the Principal of the "Happiest Place in Southeastern Minnesota", the Woodson Kindergarten Center. She has been an assistant middle school principal, a special education supervisor, and special education teacher. She started her career as a Music Therapist and worked with adults with disabilities and adolescents in residential settings in Iowa and Illinois. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Masters in Special Education from the University of Saint Thomas, and her administrative licenses from Hamline University.
Jessica was awarded the NAESP/VINCI Digital Leader of Early Learning Award in 2016 and in 2017 was named the Minnesota National Distinguished Principal. Jessica is active on social media (@JessicaCabeen) and co-moderates #ECEChat as well as engages with other educators looking to make all things possible for our young learners, and learners that are young at heart.
She has written two books: Hacking Early Learning and Balance Like a Pirate (releasing in July of 2018). She has been the principal facilitator for the Minnesota PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series for the past four years and is a facilitator of the Minnesota Principal Academy. She speaks at regional and national conferences on topics such as family engagement, early learning, and unconventional leadership.