Photo Courtesy of the Reading School District. Photo is from the 2018-19 school year.

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has named the finalists for the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year. This distinction honors school system leaders throughout the country who are making a positive difference in the lives of the students they serve, in addition to ensuring the safety and wellness of their school communities.

Co-sponsored by AASA, AIG Retirement Services and First Student, the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced during AASA’s virtual National Conference on Education, Feb. 18-19, 2021.

The four finalists for the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year are Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Khalid Mumin, Reading School District, Christy Perry, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Salem, Oregon, and Michelle Reid, Northshore School District, Bothell, Washington.

“One of the most striking outcomes of the COVID environment is a universal commitment on the part of our school system leaders to use this crisis as a catalyst to transform public education. Our finalists for the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year have been doing just that,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA.

“The champions for children we are honoring exemplify the importance of promoting equity and excellence for the young learners in their communities. We are grateful to AIG Retirement Services and First Student for supporting our program.”

The National Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 34th year, is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors international school superintendents. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.

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