After taking her first few steps into school as a child, Deb Sauter knew that's where she belonged.
"I actually did know when I was in kindergarten that I wanted to be a teacher. So there was never any question and it is something that I always wanted to do," says Deb.
When Deb grew up, she pursued her dream and became a teacher.
After spending many years in front of the chalkboard, she made the switch into administration and became a principal, never forgetting her roots in teaching.
"On a monthly basis, I go into classrooms and read a story that is connected either to the service learning we are doing in our building or bullying concerns or things that are pertinent to student growth," says Deb.
Each morning, Deb greets the students and takes time to make them feel important, even learning the names of every student in school.
"When Deb is out in the hallway she is always talking to the students. She generally knows a lot about them so she usually bring up things that she knows about them and asks them how they are doing," says Laura MacArthur teacher Cindy Gordon.
It is this extra mile that Deb goes for her students, that caught the eye of her peers and drove them to nominate her for the Minnesota 2011 National Distinguished Principal Award.
"I love what I do so to be recognized for that is very touching and somewhat overwhelming for me," says Deb.
Deb has humbly accepted this honor and plans to continue making an impact in her student's lives for many more years to come.
"Watching the difference being made for the student is why we're doing it all. I find it very rewarding," says Deb.
Deb Sauter is one of three finalists in the state for the Minnesota 2011 National Distinguished Principal Award.
The winner will be announced May 6th.