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J.A. Gonzalez
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J.A. Gonzalez

Dr. J.A. Gonzalez became the McAllen Independent School District’s Superintendent in August 2016. He oversees a District that is characterized as a District of Champions, with amazing standings, state-ranked academic and finance programs, as well as nationally ranked high schools, music program, health and PE program, and much more. Under his leadership, the District has enjoyed some major accomplishments on the state and national level.

Dr. Gonzalez led the transformation to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our educational community in a way that kept instruction at the forefront, while keeping his students and staff safe. Through it all, the district continued providing meals for the community, and students did not miss a single day of instruction. This accomplishment was chronicled in the education journal, Texas Lonestar magazine, in its July issue.

Past AASA Texas Superintendent of the Year Winners:

2020 Texas Superintendent of the Year: Keith Bryant

2019 Texas Superintendent of the Year: Brian Woods

About the Superintendent of the Year:

As a sponsor of the superintendent of the Year program, First Student wants to recognize these leaders in a special way this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that has affected all education systems but also the innovative approaches that the superintendents and school districts addressed through radio, television, zoom and take-home packages. These superintendents are the very best in public  education and are needed more than ever during this crisis.

About the Award:

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 the nation’s public schools.

State level winners are selected on the following criteria:

  • Leadership for Learning
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Community Involvement

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