Mr. Azure Named ND Principal of the Year


The North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals (NDASSP) has named Mr. Azure 2018 Principal of the Year.  


Mr. Azure graduated from Dunseith High School in 1993 and attended college & played basketball at NDSU at Bottineau from 1993-1995, and at Dickinson State University from 1995-1998 obtaining his BS in Business Education. He then later obtained his MS Educational Leadership Degree from NDSU in December of 2005.

He taught his first two years and coached in his hometown of Dunseith from 1998-2000, then taught and coached the following eight years at MPCG from 2000-2008. He is currently finishing his tenth year as the Secondary School Principal at Northwood High School. Shane has experience in different curriculum areas including business education, social studies and physical education. He’s also coached football, basketball, and baseball during his 20 years in education.

Mr. Azure currently serves on the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders Board of Directors (2016 to present) and the North Dakota Association for Secondary School Principals (2011 to present). He’s served on the National Association for Secondary School Principals from 2012-2016 as a Region 4 Diversity Representative Board Member. Shane was inducted to the Dakota College Bottineau Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 and is a member of the North Dakota High School Coaches Association.

Proudly overseeing the daily workings of a dedicated staff, Mr. Azure believes that the school together has implemented several innovative measures that have led to improved student achievement. Positive results are evident in areas such as improved graduation rate, improved ACT scores, and an increase in the number of students qualifying for the North Dakota Academic and CTE Scholarships.

Mr. Azure enjoys spending time with his wife, Erika, their two children Kelby and Kennison, and family/ friends. A majority of their free time is spent around their kids’ activities which like most great parents – is the most well-loved activity of all.



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