About MinnSPRA

Welcome to the Minnesota School Public Relations Association (MinnSPRA) and a connection to more than 160 public relations professionals. We are committed to serving as a professional network and resource for our members and others interested in providing the highest level of communications support to help school districts achieve their goals. In 2012, MinnSPRA was recognized as an Exemplary Chapter by the National School Public Relations Association.

Our members are school district communication directors, superintendents, community education professionals, school board members, superintendent secretaries and more. We work together in many ways, including:

  • Giving support to each other on any number of public relations topics through our directory and knowledge network of members;
  • Furthering professional development through conferences, workshops and teleseminars;
  • Keeping members up to date on hot issues through electronic communication;
  • Honoring exceptional work in public relations through a statewide awards program;
  • Having fun and meeting new people though MinnSPRA social events;
  • Opportunities to get involved at just about any level – from one-time volunteer tasks to monthly Board involvement.

Our Mission

MinnSPRA advocates for public education through public relations leadership.


MinnSPRA honors public relations leadership through an annual awards program.

Board Planning

The 2022-23 MinnSPRA board recently completed work on a new strategic plan. Please feel free to contact any MinnSPRA board member at any time:

Toya Stewart Downey, President
Robbinsdale Area Schools

Dirk Tedmon, President-Elect
Eden Prairie Schools

Michael Schoemer, Past President
Elk River Area Schools

Renae Reedy, Secretary
Forest Lake Area Schools

Celi Haga, Treasurer
District 112

Jenna Mead, Membership
Kraus Anderson

Grace Becker, Director
Eden Prairie Schools

Donnie Belcher, Director
Minneapolis Public Schools

Josh Collins, Director
Fridley Public Schools

Tami DeLand, Director
School District 742

Rachel Hicks, Director
St. Louis Park Schools

Shawn Hogendorf, Director
South Washington County Schools

Stacy Wells, Director

For more information about MinnSPRA call (651) 489-1321 or email info@minnspra.org.

Current MinnSPRA Bylaws


2022 MinnSPRA Annual Meeting

Good Trouble PR Statement

2023-24 MinnSPRA Board Candidates

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