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Rebecca Bullen Selected for 2021-2022 Inaugural Class of Minnesota ASCD Emerging Leaders

Rebecca Bullen, Perpich Arts High School Assistant Principal and Studio Arts Chair

February 2, 2022

Congratulations to Rebecca Bullen, Perpich Arts High School Assistant Principal and Studio Arts Chair! Bullen has been selected to be a member of the inaugural 2021-2022 Class of Minnesota ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Emerging Leaders. Ten people have been welcomed into the 2022 cohort of Emerging Leaders. Minnesota ASCD’s Emerging Leaders are a select group of rising leaders in education who undergo a rigorous selection process.

“It is an honor to have been selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader,” said Bullen. “I am excited for the opportunity to learn from, connect with, and share with other Minnesota leaders. As a systems thinker rooted in empathy, creative thinking, and equity, I am committed to actively seeking new and more effective ways to better serve the whole child and whole educator. I believe the arts, and thinking creatively with a focus on compassion, connection, and relevance, are critical in supporting needed educational transformations. This amazing program will provide opportunities to share ideas, and receive feedback and support, from a diverse group of passionate educational leaders.”

Perpich Arts High School Principal, Conn McCartan, said this of his colleague, “I am not the least bit surprised that Rebecca would be selected to be a part of Minnesota’s first ASCD Emerging Leaders cohort. She has the unique combination of both a solid foundation of leadership qualities and the knowledge and vision to be on the leading edge of organizational innovation. I am excited that the rest of our state will learn what we have always known; Rebecca is a gifted leader.”

Dr. Charles Rick, Executive Director, said, “Rebecca is a leader who encourages team-building efforts and takes positive action to meet growing responsibility. She also encourages and nurtures an environment for creative excellence.”

Emerging Leaders are welcomed into a two-year program where they can amplify their work on important education issues and find opportunities to lead from wherever they are in education. The Emerging Leaders program is designed to promote collaborative learning and sharing, create opportunities for leadership, and build a connection to national ASCD authors. Minnesota ASCD is the state affiliate of International ASCD, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The mission of Minnesota ASCD is to empower educators to achieve excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Minnesota ASCD invites nominations of aspiring leaders to be considered as Emerging Leaders from successful candidates who have worked in education for more than three years. They are servant leaders who lead by example and are dedicated to the tenets of the whole child. This group of powerful educators is expected to support and promote the mission of Minnesota ASCD, participate in and contribute to regular cohort meetings, plan and deliver professional development to educators statewide, and mentor the next group of Emerging Leaders. Minnesota ASCD is thrilled to attract such a qualified group for the inaugural year for this program.

Rebecca Bullen has worked with Perpich Center for Arts Education since 2010. Her position has included media arts teacher, arts education specialist, and during the 2013-14 school year, she worked with Crosswinds Arts and Science School to develop its visual and media arts program. She currently serves as Chair of the Studio Arts Department and High School Assistant Principal. An active artist and educator, Rebecca has presented at local and national conferences including Arts Educators of Minnesota, Arts Schools Network, TIES, the Religious Educators Association, and the National Arts Educators Conference. In 2012 she received the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. As a media artist, in addition to artist residencies in MN K-12 schools, she worked for 7 years at MN Public Television (TPT) as a producer. Rebecca has an Associate Degree from Russell Sage College, NY; a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; a K-12 Visual Arts Licensure from Concordia University, St. Paul; a Master of Leadership in Education; and PK-12 Administrative Certification from the University of Minnesota.

The list of 2022 Emerging Leaders:

  • Amanda Ogdahl – Mental Health Services Coordinator – General Education K-12 at Minnewaska Area School District
  • Chong Xiong – Social Studies Specialist – St. Paul Public Schools
  • Elizabeth Young – Assistant Principal – Pine City Public Schools
  • Leila Hassan – Academic Dean – SciTech Academy
  • Matthew Nupen – Director of eLearning Services – STEM Fuse
  • Megan Rogholt – Curriculum Coordinator – Sartell-St. Stephen Schools
  • Rebecca Bullen – Assistant Principal and Studio Arts Department Chair – Perpich Center for Arts Education
  • Sarah Suchy – Middle School Principal – Minnewaska Area Schools
  • Sean Beaverton – Personalized and Digital Learning Specialist/Assistant Principal Edina Virtual Pathway – Edina Public Schools
  • Stephen Ondrus – Academy Director – Duluth Edison Charter Schools