Dr. Laurie Barron is in her twenty-fifth year in education, where she has served as a high school English teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and a middle school principal. Since 2013, she has served as the superintendent of the Evergreen School District in Kalispell, Montana.
Barron holds a BSEd in English Education from the University of Georgia, an MEd in Supervision and Administration from the University of West Georgia, and an EdS and EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. She also studied abroad at Oxford University. She holds National Superintendent Certification through AASA and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Dr. Barron co-authored Middle School: A Place to Belong and Become and What Parents Need to Know about Common Core and Other College- and Career-Ready Standards and has authored numerous education articles. Barron believes that building relationships with staff and students while celebrating what staff and students do right is the key to success in any school.
Past AASA Montana Superintendent of the Year Winners:
2020 Montana Superintendent of the Year: Les Meyer
2019 Montana Superintendent of the Year: Rob Watson
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
- Community Involvement