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About the Superintendent Spotlight



First Student is proud to sponsor AASA’s Superintendent of the Year program to show our respect for superintendents and honor them in a special way.

The Superintendent Spotlight is meant to honor each of the State level winners and highlight the accomplishments that earned them recognition as Superintendent of the Year for their respective home state in 2021.

Being a superintendent is a tough job any year, but 2020 was especially challenging. Districts worked tirelessly to manage the unknowns brought about by coronavirus while regularly adapting to continue providing students with a quality education.

We’re proud to partner with the superintendents in the 1,000+ districts we serve across North America, and we’re thrilled to sponsor this prestigious award and say thank you for all you do.

About Superintendent of the Year:

The superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, The School superintendents Association, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation’s public schools.

Each state association recognizes the accomplishments of one exemplary superintendent, evaluating them on their:

  • Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her 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 national winner of the award is chosen from four finalists who are selected from state level winners.

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