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Born and raised in Montana where he earned his undergraduate teaching credentials, Bob Crumley gained experience working for a U.S. Congressman in Washington D.C. and eight years of inner-city teaching and coaching in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After he earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership in Florida, Bob taught and coached in Metlakatla, Alaska in 1994 while searching for a school district where he could work with others to develop an education system that works for each student rather than for adults to simply manage students.
After persistently applying for the Whittier School Head Teacher position, Bob was hired by the Chugach School District in 1995. Bob has since played a key role in developing the nation's first innovative performance-based (competency-based) educational system. His wide array of experience with Chugach includes roles as a classroom Teacher, District Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. The breadth and depth of experience Bob gained with Chugach has provided him a unique perspective on how to align and coordinate all aspects of the school system so that it indeed does work for each and every student. Dr. Crumley earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2008.
In 2009 Bob led the Chugach School District to earn the first Alaskan Performance Excellence (APEX) award which mirrors the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award criteria. Bob has led his district team to move away from the traditional collective bargaining practice of Negotiated Agreements, to a far more efficient and effective Collaborated Agreement process. Transparency, trust and staff ownership has led to the highest staff retention and student graduation rates in district history. Dr. Crumley hasn't stopped with these initiatives. He has led CSD to the development of a School To Life Campus which not only serves all District schools and home school branches around Alaska, but also houses the states first variable-term statewide residential school. From this campus, Bob has developed collaborative relationships with schools and business partners to lead toward a network of of Career and Technical schools which expand the menu of learning opportunities for all Alaska students. All of this has led to naming Bob Crumley as the Alaska 1016 Superintendent of the year.
Dr. Bob Crumley keeps a list of self-expectations and goals on his office wall. At the top of that list is the expectation that he will leave the district stronger than he found it. It is without question that this has been accomplished. From new schools and buildings to a cutting edge instructional delivery system including performance based home school, residential school, brick and mortar schools. Playing a key role in the software development process to create a customized SIS plus for all students, staff, and families to have real time access to performance data which is used daily to guide and inform Individual Learning Plans and school instructional plan, Bob embodies the core statement of the CSD Shared Purpose;
To empower students to take ownership for their own learning and success. Bob Crumley is one of those rare educators who translates theory into innovative practice, ensuring that the focus upon individual students leads to each and every student successfully transitioning to life beyond school.
Dr. Janet Womack joined Florence City Schools as Superintendent in July 2010. Her undergraduate degree is from Jacksonville State University in Elementary Education. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Auburn University. Dr. Womack has experience as a classroom teacher, elementary and high school principal, system level Director of Instruction K-12, Regional Inservice Center Director, and Director of Federal Programs and Student Assessment. She has extensive experience with effective leadership, data analysis, and continuous improvement. Dr. Womack has served as chair for the Alabama AdvancED Accreditation Council and as a member of the AdvancED National Commission. This is Dr. Womack’s 24th year in education. Dr. Womack’s passion is in the K-12 arena in ensuring success for ALL students. In Dr. Womack’s five years in Florence, the school district has become recognized as a leader in innovation and won numerous state and national awards. The district’s graduation rate of 95% (one of the top in the state) is a testament of the excellence that exists in Florence City Schools. Her district has committed to always doing what’s right for students—not necessarily what is convenient for adults. This is evident through the implementation of a successful 1-1 iPad initiative, the launch of the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and introduction of the Florence Virtual School. Dr. Womack is married to Keith Womack, and they have two children — Chase, age 17 and Lauren, age 13.
Born 01-10-1951, Holdridge, NE. Attended elementary school in Sharon Springs, KS, moved to Gunnison CO fall of 1963, graduated from Gunnison High School in 1969, Western State in the spring of 74 and moved to AR the fall of that same year. I'm beginning my 42nd year in education, 38 of which has been at Flippin. I'm married to my Jr. High sweetheart Kay, and Feb 13th will be our 45th anniversary. We have three children, a 3 year old grandson and a granddaughter due in September. My hobbies are golf, hunting, fishing, hiking, guitar, and grandchildren. My favorite times are with family, whether it be just Kay and me or the whole bunch!
Dr. Gail Pletnick has been the Superintendent of the Dysart Unified School District since 2007. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as an Assistant Superintendent in Dysart, Director of School Accountability and Analysis for the Deer Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, and as Principal in districts located in Arizona and Pennsylvania. She has taught at the pre-school through higher education levels. Under Dr. Pletnick’s leadership the Dysart Unified School District has earned recognition at the state and national level including being recognized as a model district by the Alliance for Excellent Education and as a 2012 National School Boards Association Teaching and Learning Visitation Site. The district has earned an A, the highest label, in the Arizona's state accountability system. In 2014, Dr. Pletnick was named as an Education Week’s Leader to Learn From. Dr. Pletnick serves on a variety of educational and community advisory boards and is a member of a number of leadership organizations. She was elected as an AASA Executive Board Member and has served as an AASA Governing Board Member. Dr. Pletnick is involved in various community activities including serving on the Phoenix Symphony Board of Overseers, Surprise Boys and Girls Club Planning Board, and Leadership West. She earned her Ed.D. from Temple University in Administration and Policy Studies. Her research focused on leadership to build effective teams and a culture of shared leadership and collaboration.
Dr. Devin Vodicka was hired as Superintendent of Schools for Vista Unified in July 2012.
Vista Unified School District has received numerous awards and recognition while Dr. Vodicka has been Superintendent, including the "Golden Bell" award from the California School Boards Association and acceptance into the prestigious League of Innovative Schools. Dr. Vodicka was one of 30 Superintendents from across the United States that participated in the Superintendents Technical Working Group in collaboration with the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and he was invited to the launch of the President'sConnectEd to the Future summit at the White House in November 2014. Vista Unified was selected as one of four featured districts across the country at the 2015 Digital Learning Day hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Dr. Vodicka was recognized as "Superintendent of the Year" for 2015 by Pepperdine University. He also received the California "Superintendent of the Year" award by the Association of California School Administrators in 2015 and the "Innovative Superintendent Award" from the Classroom of the Future Foundation in 2014.
His previous experience includes serving in numerous leadership positions in neighboring Carlsbad Unified, including Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, and Principal at elementary and middle schools. He was also the Special Projects Director.
During the time that Dr. Vodicka was in Carlsbad, all three of the sites where he served as an administrator earned the California Distinguished School Award. One of the schools was featured in the book “Sustaining Extraordinary Student Achievement” and was profiled in an early Education Trust report on high-performing/high-poverty schools. The middle school that he opened was identified as a “National School To Watch.”
Prior to his administrative work he was a teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District at Glenwood Elementary where he taught in Spanish-language bilingual programs and Structured English Immersion settings.
Dr. Vodicka’s education includes a doctorate in Organizational Leadership and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership—both from Pepperdine University—and an undergraduate degree in History from UC Santa Cruz. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine in their doctoral program where he has taught courses on quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
Dr. Vodicka is an active participant in statewide technology projects such as the TICAL Leadership Cadre and the Association of California School Administrators “Technology Leadership Group.” He has published numerous articles focusing on leadership, trust, and technology.
Dr. Vodicka is married to his high-school sweetheart and they have two children, a daughter that attends middle school and a son at an elementary school. He has been a resident in the Vista School District attendance area since 1999.
Dr. Bruce K. Messinger became superintendent of Boulder Valley School District July 1, 2011, and is now entering his fifth year administering Colorado’s eighth largest school district.
From the beginning of his career with Boulder Valley School District , Messinger has worked closely with the Board of Education and employees to forge new contracts and improve working relationships. Messinger participated in a new collaborative negotiation approach with the Boulder Valley Education Association that resulted in consensus around a new three-year contract that was ratified by Boulder Valley Education Association members and approved by the Board of Education in May 2012. Prior to Messinger’s arrival, the relationship with employees was contentious, and the school district struggled securing contracts that addressed the needs and expectations of employees.
During his second year, Messinger and the Boulder Valley Board of Education facilitated an inclusive, community-based consensus process to develop new district vision, mission and goals to guide initiatives in future years. The Board of Education approved the vision, mission and goals in June 2013. Messinger then launched the strategic planning process, involving hundreds of community members and educators, to operationalize the new vision, mission, values and goals.
Messinger has strengthened community and employee relationships throughout the district, and he is actively engaged in the Colorado legislative process, encouraging efforts to improve public education and secure adequate funding.
Messinger’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Math, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Administrative Curriculum Instruction, all from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Messinger came to Boulder Valley School District from Helena, Montana, where he was superintendent of Helena Public Schools for 14 years. Before going to Montana, he worked for 11 years in various capacities in Weld County School District 6 in Greeley, Colorado, the last four of which he served as deputy superintendent. During his more than 30 years in public education, Messinger has also worked as an elementary principal, a classroom teacher and a special education administrator.
Raised on a farm in western Nebraska that his family still operates, Messinger enjoys the outdoors and spends as much time as he can hiking and bicycling in Colorado. He also enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction. Messinger has one daughter, Sarah, who works at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 2014, he became a grandfather for the first time.
Colleen A. Palmer, Ph.D.
Dr. Colleen A. Palmer was appointed Superintendent of Weston Public Schools in July 2011. One of the top-performing school districts in the country, Weston High School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, ranked as number one in the state by College Board for exemplary achievement on AP tests, and distinguished as the number one comprehensive high school in the state of Connecticut by U.S. News and World Report in 2013, and in August 2015, Newsweek ranked Weston High School as the #1 in CT and #47th nationally.
Dr. Palmer was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of CAPSS as an officer for the past two years, and was appointed to the Superintendents’ Roundtable working with the Commissioner of Education. She also was appointed to represent CT superintendents as a member of the recent CT Legislative Task Force on Educational Mandate Relief.
Prior to her appointment in Weston, Dr. Palmer served as the Superintendent of Monroe Public Schools, where she implemented a district-wide system of accountability and created a school and district improvement team structure based on a performance management theory of action. Dr. Palmer restructured Monroe’s system of accounting and budgeting, and shepherded the district through difficult budget years and long-standing fiscal concerns. Despite the difficult fiscal climate, Dr. Palmer led the successful effort to significantly increase student performance results and to create a STEM Academy for grades 6-8. Monroe was also recognized by the College Board for outstanding AP scores and participation rates.
Preceding this, Dr. Palmer served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Capital Region Education Council (CREC) from 2004-2008, holding direct supervisory responsibility for eight interdistrict magnet schools and the Open Choice Program in the greater Hartford region. In addition, Dr. Palmer created the CREC Common Assessment Consortium and oversaw the following divisions at CREC: Institute of Teaching and Learning, Technology Services, Community Education, and Technical Assistance/Brokered Services, Transportation, Interdistrict Grants, and Montessori Training Center of New England.
Before joining CREC, Dr. Palmer served in a number of administrative roles at both the district and building-based levels. Earlier in her career, Dr. Palmer was a high school principal in both urban and suburban environments, and also served as a mathematics teacher and school counselor.
Dr. Palmer holds a B.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of Connecticut where she graduated in three years, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Palmer also holds a M.S. in K-12 School Counseling, as well as her Sixth Year Degree in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Palmer completed the Executive Leadership Program/Superintendent Preparation at the University of Connecticut where she also received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration.
Dr. Palmer’s diverse work experience in large and small districts, in urban and suburban systems, and in traditional, regional, magnet, and charter schools, has provided her with a unique perspective on the landscape of education in the State of Connecticut. Her expertise is often tapped by the CT State Department of Education, CT Association of Public School Superintendents, and other professional organizations supporting the success of all Connecticut students.
In March of 2009 Merv Daugherty was appointed the Superintendent of Schools for the Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Delaware. Before accepting the current position as Superintendent Dr. Daugherty served as Assistant Superintendent for Academics and Director with the Red Clay Consolidated School, and as principal of H.B. du Pont Middle School. He earned his Doctorate in Leadership in Education from Wilmington University in 2007. He received his Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Salisbury University and his undergraduate degree in education from Frostburg State College.
During Dr. Daugherty’s educational career he has served on state testing committees, advisory teams, technology advisor, coordinated interventions and awareness school programs, and helped to develop after school programs for students. He has also developed programs to help students develop problem solving techniques and leadership skills. Most recently, Dr. Daugherty has work with the Latin American Community Center and the Hilltop Lutheran Center to develop partnerships and programs to provide academic assistance for students. He has developed partnerships with Children and Families First and the Nemours Foundation to offer additional resources for schools. He has been working with the City of Wilmington, New Castle County Business Chamber and the State Business Chamber association to develop partnerships to enhance and promote education in Delaware. Dr. Daugherty was elected the President of the Delaware School Chiefs Officers Association in 2013. He was also selected as a 2013 Catalyst for Change winner for the State of Delaware and received the 2014 JAG National Educational Leadership Award - Jobs for Delaware Graduates. In 2015 Dr. Daugherty was selected the Delaware Superintendent of the Year.
"The battle for quality education is the social justice cause of our time. If you believe that every child has the right to a quality education, then there is no more important work than providing the right leadership to dramatically transform public education in this country. I have found my passion and purpose in life – to improve the human condition by giving every child an equal chance to excel and achieve happiness. It all starts at the top with one of the most challenging and important jobs in America – the urban school superintendent." Robert W. Runcie
As superintendent of the sixth largest school district in the nation and second largest in Florida, with nearly 270,000 students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and more than 30,000 employees – Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie is committed to Educating Today’s Students to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World.
Superintendent Runcie knows first-hand how a high-quality education can transform a person’s life. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the United States as a young boy and became the first member of his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University and earning an MBA from Northwestern University. He later founded a management and technology consulting company, and held several strategic leadership positions with Chicago Public Schools, including serving as its Chief Information Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Area Instructional Officer and Chief of Staff to the Board of Education.
Superintendent Runcie proudly joined Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in 2011. With the support of a dynamic School Board, Mr. Runcie developed a strategic plan for the District focusing on three key areas: high-quality instruction, continuous improvement and more effective communications. Under his leadership, the District has increased its focus on ensuring students are college and career ready, and has implemented operational efficiencies that have allowed the District to reinvest millions of dollars back into classrooms to support student learning.
His commitment to collaborating with stakeholders and creating partnerships has earned Superintendent Runcie state and national recognition, including being selected as Florida Virtual School Superintendent of the Year, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations Superintendent of the Year, Champion District Superintendent of the Year for Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, the Florida Department of Education's District Data Leader of the Year Finalist, 2014 Leader to Learn From by Education Week, and the 2015 Hispanic-Serving School District Superintendent of the Year. In 2015, Nova Southeastern University also awarded Superintendent Runcie with an honorary doctorate for his work in education.
Superintendent Runcie is actively involved in the community and serves on the board of various local and national organizations. Runcie credits the District’s success to the support of the School Board and a talented leadership team that shares his philosophy that “the true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own.”
Scott Cowart is a 36 year veteran educator with successful experience as a classroom teacher, coach, school administrator, superintendent and performance improvement consultant. As principal of Central High School in Carroll County Georgia from 1994-2000, Mr. Cowart led the school to recognition as one of the top ten percent of high schools in Georgia. In 2000 Mr. Cowart was named Superintendent of the Monroe County School System. In 2006 Mr. Cowart received the Georgia School Superintendents Achievement Award and in 2007 he was a finalist for State School Superintendent of the Year. Mr. Cowart retired from the superintendency in 2008 to become the Director of Executive Development with the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI). As a performance improvement consultant with GLISI, Mr. Cowart assisted school districts with strategic improvement planning and performance management improvement. In March of 2010, Mr. Cowart was appointed Superintendent of the Carroll County School System and is currently in his sixth year with the school district.
Mr. Cowart and his wife Cindy have been married 38 years and have three children and four grandchildren
Dr. Martha Bruckner, Superintendent of Council Bluffs (Iowa) Community School District, didn’t always want to be a school superintendent. When she briefly considered a career in law, her father, a Nebraska Supreme Court Justice, encouraged her to follow a different path. She was thrilled to consider a lifetime as a high school English and Speech teacher until a superintendent invited her to be a school administrator. After more than a dozen years as a high school assistant principal and principal in Ralston Nebraska, she was invited to join the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Not wanting to completely leave her roots, Martha served on the Ralston Board of Education for six years, one year as president.
Thinking that the tenured university position was her “forever job,” she laughed at the email she received eight years later, inviting her to return to PK-12 education. Realizing, though, that her real love was public education, she accepted the position of Associate Superintendent in Millard Nebraska, a highly successful district, the third-largest district in the state. It was only after 4-1/2 years there that she thought perhaps she might use all of that experience to actually lead a school district.
Council Bluffs Community Schools in Iowa gave her the opportunity nine years ago, and the journey has been eventful and exciting. Together, Dr. Bruckner and a supportive school board, an amazing administrative team, and hundreds of teachers have been propelled by support staff members and an increasingly engaged community to succeed in improving high school graduation rates nine years in a row. Dropout rates have decreased significantly as the district pursues a mission to “guarantee all students graduate” with the skills and character needed to succeed. Together school district and community members have raised expectations in a community that, for too long, had given up the belief that all children could succeed.
Along the journey, Martha received her education in the Heartland – at the University of Nebraska at both the Omaha and Lincoln campuses. She had the opportunity of serving on the International Board of Directors for ASCD, honored as international president in 2004-2005. In that role, she learned about education throughout the United States and in many other countries. Other professional service came while associated with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Iowa Association of School Boards, School Administrators of Iowa, and numerous other state and regional groups.
Martha is married to a very supportive husband, former educator Dr. Bob Bruckner. Together they enjoy their blended family of four sons and daughters-in-law, and ten beautiful and very talented grandchildren.
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I find it interesting just how hard it was to sit and write my biography. I have been blessed with a very rich life filled with so many amazing and sometimes difficult experiences that I struggled with what to say. I recognize and celebrate how everything that happens to me continues to mold me in all I do. So many people have guided me, helped me and supported me. There is no way I can ever repay then for their love and support. I heard a saying a long time ago that if you are green you are growing and if you are ripe then you are rotting. For me I take the philosophy that I am green and I am committed to serving others. This lifestyle of stewardship along with a deep love of my faith, and family allows me to continue to grow.
I am the middle child of three who grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois. My father worked from midnight to 8:00 a.m. for forty years as a printer. My mother worked as a secretary for Western Electric and Lions Clubs International. It is interesting that I am the superintendent of a public school district after going to Catholic school for twelve years. None the less, that experience has helped guide me in many ways as well.
I have always enjoyed being in and around school. This coupled with the frustrations I saw my brother and parents go through with his schooling after he lost his hearing at age seven drove me to major in Deaf Education and Learning Disabilities. Even though I was just a child, something always bothered me about what was happening and I developed this desire to help others not experience the same things. Today, I am proud to say I have done just that (along with a whole heck of a lot of help from others) and will continue to do so as long as I can.
Even though I grew up just outside the city of Chicago, I always enjoyed being outside and dreamed about living in the mountains. As luck would have it, there was an opening at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind in Gooding, Idaho. Because of my double major I was fortunate to receive multiple job offers as I applied across the country. Idaho was the farthest away and for the lowest pay. I can remember talking to my parents about the possibility of moving, and even though I felt an incredible desire to move to Idaho, I hoped they would encourage me to stay close to home. My dad, who really did not say too much while I was growing up (that was my mom’s role in our family) looked me in the eye and said, “Joe, I quit changing your diapers a long time ago. It is your decision.” Well that sealed the deal. I accepted the position and packed my things. Because I have always been pretty passionate about what I do and never hesitate to share my feelings or opinions, the last thing my dad said as I left was, “Pal, if you keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut, maybe you’ll learn something.” Well that lasted for about as long as it took me to get in my truck and head west. Luckily, I have been surrounded by more than a few amazing educators who have helped to remind me to do just as my father suggested.
A few years after arriving in Idaho, I met my amazing wife, Mary. Mary is also an educator and has served as a high school family and consumer science teacher, high school principal, elementary principal, and is currently teaching special education here in my District. Without exception, her total love and acceptance of every child she has worked with has done more to shape me than anything else. To this day, after 22 years of marriage, I am stunned by how she continues to do this. Mary and I adopted two children. Our oldest, Patrick, is a senior at St. Maries High School and Liann, our baby is a freshman at St. Maries High School. While they are pretty excited to not have either of their parents in their building for the first time in their K-12 life, Mary and I are glad to have our informant, Liann, back in a building with her older brother. I look forward to hearing what inside news Liann can bring home.
Mary, Patrick, Liann and I have been blessed with a beautiful home on the St. Joe River. We spend a great deal of our time outside boating, hunting and fishing. We also spend time riding trails and back country logging roads enjoying the beautiful settings of the mountains of north Idaho. As I said at the start, my life has been and continues to be filled with so many unbelievable experiences. I stand amazed at the number of people who have come and gone in my life, personally and professionally who have helped shape me to be the person I am today. I look forward to staying green and continue growing for many years to come.
Joseph A. Kren
As an educational leader for over 25 years, I truly believe at the heart of my career success is my passion for teaching, for guiding others to pursue their passion and to guide others to develop the important skills necessary to enhance opportunities for students, with the understanding and daunting reality that it has the potential to change lives. In my ninth year as superintendent at NSSEO, I continue to benefit from partnering with amazing, dedicated and talented colleagues to address the needs of students in our region and across the state. I lead several different superintendent groups, serve on the IASA Board of Directors, now past president of North Cook IASA, continue to organize and facilitate the Northwest Suburban Superintendents (NSSA) group, lead various NSSEO leadership and district groups and serve as a liaison across several organizations. In special education leadership, I have served in a wide range of leadership roles, as president of the largest statewide special education leadership organization of 1200 leaders, and as an active board member for over 12 years. I am co-chair of the IAASE legislative committee and lead the leadership academy (Special Education Leadership Academy SELA) that determines and coordinates state professional development workshops. I have and continue to represent IASA on other committees that focus on principal preparation, multi-tiered systems (IL RtI Governing Board member) and partnership work with universities on teacher preparation (CEEDAR). I have always gravitated to systems thinking and connecting the issues in various small discussions to enhance and propel forward the need to incorporate those issues into the bigger picture. I represent NC on the ISBE-IASA Advisory committee and have continued to actively work with ISBE leadership on a wide range of state initiatives and issues. Over the past few years in NC IASA, we developed a mentoring program that assists new superintendents to the region with individual and small group networking session, important to provide assistance, coaching and active support in a complex role. Presenting at conferences, developing administrative academies, and teaching at a university of visiting class, I continue to enjoy the opportunity to 'teach' as I believe I have never really stopped teaching albeit the classrooms have expanded to board rooms, community settings, leadership PLCs and partnership efforts.
Prior to the last 25 years of leadership career, I began my career as a teacher working in large and small district from Lake County to the south suburban districts of Chicago Heights. I believe teaching to a wide range of diverse learning styles and needs has helped me customize my approach to guiding others throughout my career in various types of learning environments and with teachers, administrators, boards and community partners. Prior to NSSEO, I worked as Assistant Superintendent at IPCUSD #204, a large unit school district that quadrupled in size during my 15 years of administrative experience in #204. In IPCUSD #204, I facilitated the concepts, philosophy and literally the development and scope of new programs, participated in building referendums, one that included funds to build and support one of the first inclusive community tuition-based preschool programs in the state, that continues to educate over 900 preschoolers annually. I assisted in principal hiring and evaluations, budget development and responsibility and state- approved responsibilities for special services, hiring 100 staff members annually through more than a decade of incredible growth. That wealth of experience and challenge, from extreme growth to referendums, to budget reductions during periods of growth and development and refinement of systems for students as we began the RtI process across a large Pre-K-12 system experiencing a rapid period of growth and change. I also had the opportunity to work in the south suburbs as a coordinator overseeing programs in small and large districts that ranged in approach from very traditional to a flair for progressive risk-taking. All of those experiences were lessons for me, opportunities for growth, for gaining further insight and depth in my knowledge and approach to issues across the state and the nation as it relates to education. I have had the great fortunate of working with inspirational leaders, with boards who believe in me and encourage me to pursue greater challenge, organizational leadership opportunities and nominations like this that reflect an understanding of the passion and purpose that drives us to be better leaders focused on students. The never-wavering support and enthusiasm by the NSSEO Governing Board, made up of lay board members across eight districts, provide me with the creative flexibility to take risks on ideas and expand scope and focus has enhanced our organizational design, influence and most importantly greater opportunities for students in the 21st Century with college, career and life dreams.
Dr. Margaret Hoernemann was named superintendent of Avon Community School Corporation in March 2012. She had served as Associate Superintendent for the district since 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Hoernemann held roles as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Human Resources and Director of Personnel. She has been with Avon Schools since 2000.
Prior to coming to Avon, Maggie worked in suburban Chicago and rural Benton County as a high school French/Spanish teacher, high school and middle school administrator and elementary principal. Her work at all levels of K-12 education makes her uniquely qualified. Additionally, Maggie is an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis teaching in the graduate program for principal preparation.
She received her B.S. in Education, French and Spanish from Miami University of Ohio, an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University in Chicago and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Purdue University. Maggie also studied for a year at the University of Dijon, France thanks to a Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.
She is a parishioner at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, an Avon Rotary member and serves on the board of the Avon Chamber of Commerce.
Maggie was raised in Connecticut and Chicago where much of her family still lives. She is married to Steve who is Director of Bands and Orchestras at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory Academy. She is an avid reader and belongs to two book clubs which she founded—one which has been meeting for 24 years. Steve and Maggie enjoy traveling and golfing.
Dr. Cynthia Lane is highly recognized for her leadership in the field of education. She has more than 33 years of professional experience, including 27 years in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Dr. Lane continues the history of strong leadership, serving as the fourteenth superintendent of the district since its formation in 1844.
Lane considers it a privilege to serve the community as superintendent. She has received numerous recognitions and awards, which are testaments to her belief in empowering others through education. She models the attributes of a servant leader, cultivating partnerships and actively engages the community, business and civic leaders in the work of the district. Her attitude is that all things are possible when we come together to improve our futures.
Lane’s past leadership positions have spanned the realm of education, and include serving as Assistant Superintendent of Business and Instructional Support Services, Director of Special Education, principal, Director of the Parent and Professional Partnership Advocacy Coalition, and teacher. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Kansas School of Education/Special Education, as well as served as a guest lecturer for many local colleges and universities.
Recent Awards and Recognitions
• Kansas Superintendent of the Year 2015
• “Robert H. Meneilly Honoree,” Mainstream Education Foundation 2015
• “I’ve Got Guts Award,” Kansas Families for Education 2015
• Outstanding Service Award, United School Administrators of Kansas 2015
• Mid-America Education Hall of Fame Inductee 2015
• Marjorie Holwick Kansas PTA Wall of Fame/Honorary Lifetime Membership 2015
• Kansas Superintendent of the Year Finalist 2014
• Meritorious Achievement Award, Pittsburg State University 2014
• Kansas School Superintendent’s Association Recognition of Service/Leadership 2013
• Kansas Music Educator’s Association Honored Administrator 2013
• PRIDE Back to School Leadership and Service Recognition 2013
• Leadership and Learning Award, University of Kansas 2013
• Whitney M. Young Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award 2012
• Kansas Association of School Superintendents, Superintendent of Promise, 2011
Member of the American Association of School Administrators
Member of the Kansas School Superintendent’s Association
Executive Board Member, Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Kansas State Department of Education P- 20 Advisory and Assessment Advisory Committee
Executive Board Schools for Fair Funding
Kansas/ Missouri Superintendent’s Forum Advisory Board
Education Advisory Committee to Congressman Kevin Yoder
Kansas Association of School Business Officers 2007 - 2010
Council for Exceptional Children 1999- 2005
Civic and Community Affiliations
Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executive Board
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Superintendent’s Forum
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Chair of Early Education Finance Committee
KC Rising Steering Committee
GRADFORCE KC, Mid-American Regional Council
PACES Parent and Child Empowerment Services Executive Board
Successful Partnerships to Assure Readiness for Kindergarten (SPARK)
Country Club Bank Advisory Board
Rotary 2007 – 2012
Kansas City, Kansas School’s Foundation for Excellence 2006 - 2010
Young Women on the Move 2009 - 2010
Parks and Recreation Board Community Advisor 2008 - 2010
Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center 2008 – 2009
Head Start Policy Council 2004 – 2006
Leadership 2000 Class XVII
Ed.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Major: Special Education Administration Minor: Educational Leadership
M.S. Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, Major: Behavior Disorders
B.S.Ed. Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, Major: Elementary Education
Owens Saylor has served as the Superintendent of the Daviess County Public Schools in Owensboro, Kentucky, since 2012. He has 36 years of professional experience, including assignment as a high school band director in Florida and Kentucky, followed by service as an assistant principal, principal, and deputy superintendent in the Jessamine County, Kentucky, schools. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education and music performance as well as advanced teacher rank status and administrative leadership certification, all earned at the University of Kentucky. He was named the Jessamine County Teacher of the Year in 1995, has served on the Kentucky Association of School Administrators Board of Directors, was named the 2015 Friend of School Nutrition by the Kentucky School Nutrition Association, and currently serves as a Kentucky representative on the AASA National Governing Board. He is married to wife Sara, has raised three daughters, and enjoys the greatest job title ever -- "Granddaddy" of three.
I was born Darrell Joe Fairburn on September 5, 1946 in the small Tangipahoa Parish community of Fluker, Louisiana. My parents, Woodard and Ozell Gill Fairburn raised four sons, of which I was the third. My dad supported the family as a Diesel Mechanic, while my mom stayed home and took care of her family’s needs. My parents moved the family from Fluker to another Tangipahoa Parish village called Spring Creek, Louisiana when I was two years old, where I we spent the next fifteen years of my life. My brothers and I attended elementary and high school at Spring Creek High School where I enjoyed sports, especially basketball, was in several school clubs, enjoyed attention from the girls, and “dabbled” in academics. I graduated from Spring Creek High in May of 1964, tried college and odd jobs for a couple of years, and in August of 1966, I joined the United States Air Force and served for four years until I was honorably discharged in August, 1970. During those years in the Air Force, I served in Pleiku, South Vietnam from November, 1967 through November 1968.
As my time drew to an end in the service, I began to realize that I had to make a decision about what I wanted to do with the career part of my life. I became committed to finishing my college education, and upon discharge from the Air Force I entered Southeastern Louisiana College and graduated in May of 1974 from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education. I was hired straight out of college to teach physical education and coach basketball and track at my high school alma matter, Spring Creek High School. Three years later in July of 1977, I had completed my Masters of Education Degree in School Administration and married Patricia Cooper, my wife of thirty-eight years now, with whom I have shared the privilege of being parents to our son, Brandon Fairburn, and daughter Tammy Fairburn Sloan.
Two years later in 1979 I began my career in School Administration, serving as for the next twenty-four years in Tangipahoa Parish, first as assistant principal in very turbulent times when two schools were being consolidated, then as interim principal for a school that needed strong leadership, and returning to the consolidated school, Jewel Sumner High School, as principal. I remained as principal at Jewel Sumner until I was promoted to Personnel Director for the Tangipahoa Parish School System in 2003. On September 5, 2006, my sixtieth birthday, I was blessed to be named the Superintendent of the Washington Parish School System, where I presently serve.
For the last forty-one years I have enjoyed being part of school systems that have undergone many changes and challenges. I have no regrets about my decision to enter the field of education. In fact, I have formed many life-time relationships that have enriched and improved my life. I have been blessed to be in positions to make positive impacts on the lives of students and adults alike. It has been a pleasure to be associated with many outstanding educators who have enriched my life professionally and provided for my growth as an educator.
Andre Ravenelle, Superintendent of Fitchburg Public Schools for 10 years, has a life-long dedication to educational excellence for students of all abilities and from all socio-economic backgrounds. His educational leadership career has spanned private and public, urban and suburban, affluent and economically challenged educational communities. Throughout, he has parlayed his abilities as an educational innovator, his Masters degrees in Education and in Theology, his love of the arts as an accomplished pastel artist and community theater actor, and his many experiences living and traveling in other countries into a personal philosophy that has been uncompromising in its goal to provide an excellent comprehensive public school education to the students in each of the districts he has served. He currently serves a President of Massachusetts Superintendent's Association and on the Board of Fitchburg Art Museum, the Fitchburg State University Professional Development Board as well as the Governor’s Task Force on After School Programs. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife of 28 years, their daughter and her fiancé, and following their son's career as a Minor League pitcher with the Detroit Tigers.
Dr. Cox received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, his Masters of Supervision and Administration, and his Bachelors of Music Education, all from East Tennessee State University in his native Northeast Tennessee. Dr. Cox came to Allegany County with ten years experience as a superintendent in Virginia. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Cox served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, an elementary school principal, a middle school assistant principal, and a middle and high school teacher in Kansas and Tennessee. During his tenure as superintendent in Culpeper, all schools in the district received full accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities. While in Culpepper, Dr. Cox led the district through a period of significant and rapid growth in student enrollment, and he presided over the renovation and construction of more than one million square feet of school buildings, including the additions of a new high school, middle school, and elementary school.
In July of 2009, Dr. Cox was appointed as Superintendent of Schools in Allegany County, Maryland, and was reappointed for a second term in July of 2013. During his tenure in the Allegany County Public School System, Dr. Cox formed a Community Resource Committee for the Utilization Study of Secondary Schools in Cumberland that was charged with making recommendations to the school board regarding long-range capital improvement priorities for these schools. This has led to the current design and planned construction of a new Allegany High School, which will open in the fall of 2017. He has, along with his staff, revised the school system’s High School Programs of Study book to include changes in how credits are received and how they affect GPA for Dual Enrollment courses, the elimination of low level courses, and new weights for GPA calculation by course title. Dr. Cox has also implemented a new middle school schedule and program that provide more instructional time and concentration on language arts and mathematics, but still provide students with a well-rounded program of academics and creative arts. He has supported and overseen the development of a Partial Immersion Chinese Program for elementary school students, and the addition of Mandarin Chinese for credit to high school students. Finally, Dr. Cox has been actively involved in Maryland’s Race to the Top and transition to the Common Core Curriculum Framework.
Allegany County Public Schools has worked hard, under Dr. Cox's leadership, to increase the rigor and relevance of learning each day for each student through massive professional development for teachers and instructional leaders. ACPS has worked deliberately to have all of its 24 schools connected to the internet through high speed internet fiber connections, and has partnered with Discovery Education to teach science through its first digital texts with the Science Techbooks.
Dr. Cox has received several awards and recognitions. He has served as an adjunct instructor of Education Law, Human Resource Management, and School Finance at George Mason University and Shenandoah University and as an instructor oin Frostburg State University's Doctoral Program. He is a member of numerous professional and community organizations including the American Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Professional School System Administrators of Maryland, where he serves on the Executive Committee, and as President-Elect, Phi Delta Kappa, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Cumberland Rotary Club, and LaVale Lions Club. Dr. Cox is also a graduate of the Leadership Allegany! Class of 2010. Dr. Cox received the Chazz Offutt Community Spirit Award for his participation in and support of the Hooley Plunge, which benefits persons with various disabilities.
Dr. Cox and his wife, Penny, currently reside in LaVale, MD, and are members of Emanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, where they also sing in the choir. Dr. Cox serves on the Vestry of Emmanuel Parish. They have two adult children, a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Mary.
1062 Auburn Road
Peru, Maine 04290 Tel: Home - 207-572-7780
Work - 207-743-8972
2005-2014 CAS, University of Maine, Orono, ME
1987-1992 M.Ed. Management, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
1979-1982 B.S. Elementary Education, Gordon College, Wenham, MA
1978-1979 Alderson-Broaddus College, Phillippi, WV
➢ 2010-Present, Superintendent of Schools, SAD 17, Oxford, ME
• Educational Leader and CEO of a large rural public school system of 3400 students and a staff of 600.
• Oversee a budget of over $37,000,000.
• Expanding student aspirations programming through community partnerships
• Establishing partnerships with the University Maine 4H Camp for alternative education.
• Fostering business/school partnerships, including a farm to school initiative with the Roberts Farm.
➢ 2009-2010, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, MSAD 17, Oxford, ME
• Supervised 8 elementary Schools and building administrators
• Supervised the district’s Human Resources Office and personnel in a district with over 600 employees.
• Homeless Liaison
• English Language Learner ( ELL) program Supervisor
• Managed the recertification of professional staff
➢ 2007-2009, Superintendent/ Assistant Superintendent of Schools, SAD 39/SAD 17, Buckfield/Oxford, ME
• Facilitated a state mandated consolidation ( SAD 39)
• Wrote several successful grants, including: Healthy Maine Partnership grant ( SAD 17 and 39), 21 Century Learning Grant ( SAD 39 & Maine 4-H), Maine Community Foundation Grant ( SAD 39 and the Nezinscot Valley Kids )
➢ 2004-2007, Superintendent of Schools, MSAD 39, Buckfield, ME
• Educational Leader and CEO of a rural public school district of 600 students and a staff of 120.
• Oversee a budget of over $7,000,000.
• Strengthened literacy instruction through the development and implementation of a district-wide literacy effort entitled, “Read, Write, Think: Working together, Pre-K to 12, to enhance learner outcomes.
• Restoring public trust in a district that experienced significant difficulties under previous administrations.
➢ 2002-2004, District-Wide Elementary Supervising Principal, MSAD 44, Bethel, ME
• Responsible for the educational program at all three district elementary schools with a total enrollment of 495 students and a professional staff of 42 and support staff of 22.
• Chair of Technology Committee
• Title One Director – 1 year
• Recipient of a Leading Learning Grant to develop a sustained professional development process.
• Participated in authoring a successful 21st Century Grant for extended day programming.
➢ 1994-2002, Principal, Hartford-Sumner Elementary School, Sumner, ME
• Principal of a school with a student body ranging between 340-465. Supervising 30 teachers and sixteen support staff.
• Technology Committee Member and Chair.
• Title One Coordinator.
• Oversaw the construction of a two million dollar addition.
• Participant in authoring a successful 21st Century Grant for the development and implementation of an extended after school program.
• Developed a district-wide budgeting application, student data collection database and an assessment program for writing and reading.
➢ 1987-1994, Teacher, Wayland Public Schools, Wayland, MA
• Classroom Teacher in grades three, four and five.
• Computer and Math Team Leader
• Grant Participant, “Inclusion in the Regular Education Classroom”.
• Presenter at several education conferences in the Massachusetts region.
➢ Spring 1994, Adjunct Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
• Taught a graduate level class entitled, “Introduction to Mainstreaming”.
➢ 1982-1987, Tenacre Country Day School, Wellesley, MA
• Third Grade Teacher, 1982-84, Head Third Grade Teacher, 1984-87 at a private elementary school located in the suburbs of Boston.
• Enrichment Coordinator – 1983-84
• Math Curriculum Review Chair
• Recipient of a Tenacre Parent Teacher Grant to develop a literature based curriculum.
• Awards and Publications:
➢ 2004 Maine School Board Associations’ Fall Conference, Co-presented, “So You’ve Hired a New Principal – Now What?”
➢ 2004 MPA New Administrator Mentoring Program – As chair of the MPA’s Ad Hoc Mentoring Committee, responsible for compiling the committee’s work into a report. Report found at http://www.mpa.cc/pdf/mentoringreport.pdf
➢ 2003 Maine Principals’ Association Fall Conference Presenter, “Perspective and Plan for Administrator Induction”
➢ 2003 Maine Principals’ Association New Administrator Induction Plan – As chair of the MPA Ad Hoc Committee on Induction, responsible for compiling committee work into a plan for new administrator induction. Report found at http://www.mpa.cc/pdf/InductionPlan.pdf
➢ 2001 National Distinguished Principal Award Recipient; Awarded by the Secretary of Education and the National Association of Elementary Principals for distinguished service.
➢ 2001 Maine Principals’ Association Fall Conference Presenter, “School-Wide Discipline That Works”.
• Professional Associations:
➢ Maine School Superintendent’s Association, 2004-Present
➢ President of the Western Maine Superintendents’ Association, 2011-2012
➢ Maine School Boards Association, 1998 – Present
➢ Maine Principals Association, 1994-2005
• 2001-2003 Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to Study Administrator Induction
• 1996-2004 Chair of the Professional Development Committee
• 2003-2004 Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Mentoring
• 2000-2003 Member of the Professional Executive Committee
• 2003-2004, Committee Member, Maine Legislative Committee to Study Consolidation Effectiveness and Efficiencies of Maine Schools
➢ 2009-Present: Member of Norway/Paris Kiwanis
➢ 2004-2008 MSAD 21 School Board, Chair, 2004-2007
Born in New York City and raised in Dayton, Ohio (an admission about which I have to be careful in Michigan), I went east for college in 1980. I graduated with a B.A. in psychology with honors from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. There, I had the good fortune to serve as a big brother to a young man in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program and to participate in a socio-emotional learning program, developed by one of my psychology professors, in the New Haven Public Schools. The summer before my senior year, I worked at a summer camp owned and operated by a Brooklyn community center. The camp, located in the Catskill Mountains, served children from East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Brownsville. Upon return to college, I wrote an award-winning senior thesis entitled, "Some Suggestions for Effective Desegregation." I continue to learn from these experiences that took place more than 30 years ago.
Upon graduation from college, I taught high school French and founded speech and debate programs in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools. In a 56-team speech and debate league, my students finished first in debate and second in speech, with a couple of dozen students qualifying for regionals and several for nationals. Many of the winners of the citywide French I and French II oral proficiency competitions were my students. I've always felt that, as much as my children may have learned from these experiences, they also taught me a great deal as well.
In 1988, I went to graduate school at New York University in New York City. There, I studied public policy, organizational analysis and management, public finance, and school finance. I worked in a number of capacities inside and outside the university, was lucky to work at the New York State Financial Control Board, earned an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in public administration with honors and, most importantly, got married.
My wife and I moved to Washington, D.C., where I served as the finance director of the D.C. City Council and chief financial officer of the D.C. Public Schools. About to have our first daughter, we decided to move to the Midwest, where I had the opportunity to learn and contribute with a broader set of responsibilities, first as chief financial officer in the Fort Wayne (IN) Community Schools, a 32,000-student urban district, and then as deputy superintendent for business in the Lansing School District, then a 17,600-student district.
In 2002, the Clifton (NJ) Public Schools Board of Education appointed me to be its superintendent. At the time, school districts in New Jersey had to put their annual budgets on the ballot each April for voter approval. If approval was not granted, the city council by law had to determine what the property taxes and school budget would be. Clifton, a 10,500-student urban district with a history of frugality, had historically had a great deal of difficulty getting voter approval. In 14 years between 1988 and 2002, voters approved only 3 of 14 budgets. In my five years as superintendent, the district would pass seven voter questions or referenda in a row and eight in all. Voters approved not only budgets that supported better staffing for students in schools, but also capital projects that permitted us to relieve the significant overcrowding that we were experiencing at the time in Clifton. It was an honor to serve this proud, diverse community in Northern New Jersey.
In 2007, the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education appointed me to be its superintendent. I am in my ninth year of serving in this role. In the last several years, we have raised test scores at all levels in the district in reading, writing, math, and science; doubled Advanced Placement (AP) participation and tripled the number of AP courses that students take; and increased graduation rates, college-going rates, college-continuation rates, and college graduation rates. It is an honor to serve the 13,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in this socioeconomically and ethnically diverse district, the largest district in southwest Michigan and the second largest on the west side of the state.
Dr. Daniel Bittman - Superintendent – ISD 47
Dr. Bittman has served as Superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District since July 1, 2010. Previously, he served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education, Director of Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Centennial School District, and as Director (Elementary-186 elementary schools) in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Bittman earned his B.A. Degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Secondary Education, specializing in Spanish, Psychology, and Coaching, and his M. Ed and Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
He was appointed by Governor Pawlenty and served a four year term on the Minnesota Board of Teaching as Minnesota’s Administrative Representative, and currently serves in an official capacity on numerous Boards and/or Committees such as, but not limited to, the St. Cloud Area Chamber, Great River Rotary, Better Living: Exercise and Nutrition Daily (BLEND), Minnesota Association for School Administrators, Partners for Student Success, and the St. Cloud State University Teacher Preparation Institute.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, which often includes attending various athletic and music-related events, traveling, and reading.
Growing up on a small farm in rural Tishomingo County, I realized early the value of a strong work ethic. My parents instilled in all twelve of their children the importance of hard work and the determination to improve our quality of life. Through the example they set, my parents motivated me to set goals and to make every effort to achieve them, to organize and plan strategies for completing tasks, to finish a job and then move on to the next one. Even more than my formal education, my parents taught me how to go about the process of being successful.
Life on the farm in poverty-stricken Mississippi in the Fifties and Sixties also turned out to be the ideal setting for learning Christian values. Attending church was an event, but it was also a responsibility. Without fail, we children were expected to attend Sunday School and preaching. It is that faith, accepted so early in life, which has helped me navigate through the problems in school and in life. Over the decades, the world's views have changed, but right remains right. For decades now my decisions, both personal and professional, have been based on the values I learned in that little country church.
Perhaps my parents' greatest legacy is the love and respect for education inherited by each of their children. Over and over they told us, "Get your education; that is something no one can take away from you." In my mind, dropping out of school was never an option. Because my parents so valued education, I always strived to do my best. I competed for perfect attendance and highest grades. Because of them, I wanted to be the best student in school. So did my siblings. During an era when it was less than expected, all twelve of us graduated from high school. That is quite a testimony of how education was valued in the Green household!
As an adult, I wanted to extend that opportunity to as many children as I could. I wanted others to discover what I had found: Education is the way out of poverty and onto the pathway to success in life. My own success has afforded me opportunity to speak to various groups. Like my parents, over and over again, I have worked to inspire and challenge children to value their education. My own success has also allowed me to give back financially. The Larry Dale Green Foundation Scholarship allows impoverished students who value education to pursue their own dreams of a college education.
When I pause to look back over my career, I am amazed at how far education has brought me, from the hills of Tishomingo to the Mississippi Delta, from a poor little farm boy to the longest-serving superintendent in the state of Mississippi. For over forty years, I have been a part of extending opportunities and hope for success to an untold number of students and employees. That is the power of education.
My greatest hope is that the success of my journey will be an inspiration and guiding light for others.
I am a first generation college graduate, family leader with two children, a man of faith and public educator. I am fortunate to have been the last of five siblings raised by a father who is retired United States Air Force and a mother who was his high school sweetheart from a small agricultural community in the Midwest. My siblings and I were taught the necessity of hard work while being fortunate to have been stationed in several states across the country. My wife and I have been together since our high school days and happily married for 25 years. We have also emphasized the desire for travel with our two daughters and have been fortunate to experience many of our nations’ natural and man-made destinations. My wife is a public educator and embraces the philosophy that teaching our children was different from how our parents raised us and that it will be different from how our daughter’s raise our grandchildren.
The profession of education was introduced to me as a new college graduate accepting his first teaching position 2000 miles away from home for only .75 of a full-time contract. I eagerly jumped at the opportunity and have not regretted that decision since. My fulfilling teaching career included coaching, para-professional work and classroom teaching over a span of several years. Leadership opportunities opened up to me as I gained more experience and confidence in working with students and adults. I have held administrative positions as an assistant principal, principal in a suburban setting and principal in a rural setting, as well as superintendent in a rural K-12 district to my current position as superintendent of an independent K-8 district located near the south side of Missoula, Montana.
My educational trail begins at Oakland City University located in southern Indiana. I earned my
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from this institute. Later, I continued my education at Indiana
State University in Terre Haute, Indiana where I completed an Education Specialist degree and
fulfilled the requirements to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree. I feel greatly blessed to have
had the opportunity to work for and collaborate with many great people to accomplish these
professional endeavors. One such endeavor was in collaboration with Dr. Shannon Barton
entitled, An Exploratory Study of School Crime and Rural Teacher and Staff Victimization: A
Research Note. Submitted to the Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies
Accepted for publication on November 8, 2014. I am humbled to think of all the collaborators
and friends that I have had the good fortune to be associated.
On a personal note, I have recently joined with two separate family members to partner in personal business adventures where my love of family and desire to work with people can be joined with my experience from what public education has taught me. My wife and I spend a great amount of time together as we enjoy watching our family grow into positive and excited young people adding their experiences to the communities they live in.I hope to start that book one day that I have always kept in the back of my mind. I also hope to continue to stay active and contribute to education and the learning process for generations to come.
Dr. Freddie Williamson has over 30 years of service in public education, with the past nine years as superintendent of Hoke County Schools. He is known for his transformational leadership style, no-excuses philosophy, and innovative approach to addressing challenges.
He graduated from North Carolina A&T University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education followed by the attainment of a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from North Carolina A&T University in 1986. In 1995 he obtained his education specialist degree in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University in 2004. He has completed additional studies at South Carolina State University and UNC Chapel Hill School of Government.
Dr. Williamson began his journey in public education as a classroom teacher. His experiences have included school administration for more than 25 years in various capacities, including vocational education, curriculum and human resources. In the summer of 2006, he was named the superintendent of Hoke County Schools, where he has led 8,669 students and 1,300 employees.
During his time as superintendent of Hoke County Schools, Dr. Williamson has led his school district to receive numerous accolades. Among these are Hoke County Schools being named a NC Innovator in Digital Learning, East Hoke Middle School receiving the Outstanding Making Middle Grades Work Award from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Hoke County Schools being named a Scientific Learning National Reference Site, Sandy Grove Middle School being named the Best K-12 Education Project in the nation by Engineering News-Record, and Hoke County Schools receiving the 2015 Outstanding School District Award from SREB. He has been instrumental in increasing the graduation rate from 47.1% to 74.8%, a gain of 27.7%, reducing the dropout rate from 6.43% to 2.26%, and raising student achievement. Dr. Williamson was at the forefront of an effort to address a rapidly growing student population in a low-wealth county by advocating for the design and construction of Sandy Grove Middle School – the nation’s first net-positive, LEED platinum designed, leased public school in the nation – saving the county’s taxpayers $53.2 million.
In addition, Dr. Williamson has earned numerous awards including being named the 2011 Sandhills Regional Superintendent of the Year, 1997 Southeast Regional NC Association of Education Office Professionals Administrator of the Year, and 1993 Runner-up for NC Principal of the Year.
Dr. Williamson has also served in several leadership roles such as the NC School Superintendents Executive Board, North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Board of Directors, Chair of the Sandhills Regional Education Superintendents Council, FirstHealth of the Carolinas Advisory Board, and Fayetteville State University Educational Leadership Advisory Board. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Dr. Williamson has and continues to demonstrate a passion for leadership and transformation.
I was born in Beach , North Dakota in 1956. I was the ninth child of 10 family members. My dad drove milk truck and my mother worked at Home on the Range for Boys. I attended grades 1- 8 in Sentenial Butte and high school in Beach, North Dakota graduating in 1974.
I attended Mayville State College from "1974" to "1978" graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies and Physical Education. I coached baseball during the summer months.
I began my career as a social studies teacher and basketball coach at New Leipzig, North Dakota. I taught in New Leipzig for 10 years with the last two years serving as high school principal. I began working on my Master's Degree in the summer of 1985 and earned a degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in the summer of 1988.
My family and I moved to Hatton, North Dakota in the summer of 1988. I served as high school principal for four years before accepting the position of superintendent in the Hatton School District. I was superintendent in Hatton for 14 years with the last four years as a shared superintendent position with the Northwood School District.
We moved to Grafton in the summer of 2006. I have been serving as superintendent of the Grafton School District since July 1, 2006. I worked in public education for the past 37 years.
I currently serve on the North Dakota Association of School Administrators (NDASA), North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders (NDCEL) and the North Dakota Legislative Focus Group. I was appointed by Governor Dalrymple as a Commissioner to The Education of the States. I previously served on the Education Improvement Committee, North Dakota High School Activity Association and North Dakota School Study Council Board of Directors. I serve on the Grafton Chamber, the Save the Strand Committee, the Grafton Imagination Library Board, GraftonARTS, and the Grafton Community Center Board.
I currently reside in Grafton with my wife Kathy of nearly 40 years. Kathy works for a CPA in Grafton. We have been blessed with five 5 children and 15 grandchildren.
Jay Bellar grew up in Walthill, Nebraska. He is the middle son of John and Delores Bellar. He and his brothers all have completed a 4-year college degree and also have earned their master’s degree and currently are employed in Nebraska Schools.
Jay attended Walthill Public School, which is located on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Northeast Nebraska. His father was employed as a minister and his mother a para-professional for the school As a student Jay was surrounded by a diverse group of peers, which later in life would benefit him as an educator.
Jay graduated from Wayne State College. During his days as an undergrad he competed in football and basketball. His advanced degrees are from the University of Nebraska at Kearney system. He holds a masters and specialist degree in administration.
Jay has worked as a teacher, coach, activities director, junior high principal, high school principal, and superintendent. All of his work has been in Nebraska Public Schools except for 7 years which he spent across the river in Iowa.
Jay is married to Lori - wife of 24 years. The couple have twin sons. This fall both boys will be attending Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. Jared will be studying business management and playing football for the Tigers while Zachary will be focusing on his general studies and playing basketball.
Dr. Brian J. Blake has served as the Superintendent of Schools in Sanborn for the past six years. He is now in his 13th year as a superintendent, serving the Hopkinton and Farmington, NH school districts previously. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Blake served as a Director of Student Services and Associate School Psychologist. He also has a counseling background, working with students at the Spaulding Youth Center in New Hampshire and in residential treatment facilities in New Jersey. Dr. Blake earned a Bachelor’s degree in Individual and Family Studies at Penn State, a Master’s degree in Psychology from New York University, his C.A.G.S. from Plymouth State College in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. During his tenure as a superintendent, Dr. Blake has successfully navigated school districts through a variety of experiences, including the construction of an elementary school, a nearly $1 million dollar (10%) budget cut, strategic plans and a number of crises involving students and staff. Additionally, he has had success in negotiating a variety of bargaining unit contracts with teachers, support staff, and custodians. Most recently, Dr. Blake has been involved with the U.S. Department of Education addressing Performance Assessment for Competency-based Education (PACE), leading his district to become one of four districts in the country to pilot Performance Assessments for Competency Based Education in lieu of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Dr. Blake is Immediate Past President of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA) where he chairs the legislative committee, scholarship committee and serves on professional development. He also belongs to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), serves as the Chair of the Seacoast School of Technology Governing Board, and is the superintendent liaison to the NH Music Educator’s Association. Dr. Blake was recently appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for STEM education. He has presented on various topics both at the state and national level.
Dr. Blake and his wife Annette live in Loudon and have been married nearly 21 years. Mrs. Blake is a School Counselor and current president of the NH School Counselor's Association. Their daughter, Abigail, attends Northeastern University, and their son, Hunter, attends Bishop Brady High School in Concord.
Judith Ann Rattner assumed the leadership of the Berkeley Heights Public Schools in July 2005. Previously, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for the PreK-12 school system. She has been an active member of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) since 2000. Currently she represents New Jersey on the AASA National Governing Board. She most recently co-facilitated the NJASA Vision 2020 committee and chaired the NJASA Constitution Committee. She served as the President of NJASA in 2010/11; prior to her role as President, she served as the Association’s President-elect, Secretary and Treasurer. She has represented her county on several of the Association’s Committees including: Curriculum and Instruction, ad hoc Assessment, Legislative, and Technology. In 2007, she chaired the NJASA Spring Conference Committee. She has also represented NJASA on the New Jersey Department of Education Evaluation Pilot Advisory Committee, PARCC Implementation Committee, and Achieve New Jersey Advisory Committee.
Rattner’s deep-rooted, pedagogical beliefs are witness to the notable accomplishments of the Berkeley Heights School System. Under her tutelage, the district schools and programs have been recognized. The district is focused on providing a foundation for its students to build a foundation that will help sustain them on life’s extraordinary journey. She believes that “When all is said and done, success in life is measured by the lives you touch.”
The Kappa Delta Pi member has also served as President of the New Jersey Council of Education and as an Executive Committee member of the New Jersey School Development Council. A Rockaway Township resident, Rattner received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University. She began her educational career as a Math and English teacher at Chatham Borough High School and continued her educational career as an administrator in the Montville Township Public Schools.
I was born and raised in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Upon graduation from high school, I attended and played basketball at New Mexico Military Institute. The Broncos were ranked as high as 12th in the nation my sophomore year. I completed my collegiate eligibility at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Eastern New Mexico University.
My wife is Teresa Turner Parks she teaches Business and Technology at Tatum Municipal Schools. Teresa and I have been married for thirty three years and we have two wonderful children. Wade is a Civil Engineer and a 2009 graduate of Texas Tech. Wade is employed by KIT in Houston Texas. Amanda is a Speech Language Pathologist and is a 2010 graduate from Texas Tech University. Amanda is employed by Hobbs Municipal Schools.
I worked for the Tatum Municipal Schools for 21 years, my last nine as superintendent. I also coached and taught two years in Friona Texas and served as Middle School assistant principal for 3 years in Dimmitt, Texas. I am currently in my ninth year at Hobbs Municipal Schools. I was Assistant Superintendent for Operations 2007-10 and have served as superintendent since July 2010 to present. In 2011-12 Hobbs Municipal Schools had one of the worst state rankings in New Mexico. 74% of the schools received a failing grade from NM PED. In the most recent ratings 82% of Hobbs Municipal Schools have a C or better with 11 of the campuses with a B. Creating a Data Driven culture has become the norm for each campus as we continue with our Continuous Improvement Model.
I have recently been accepted into Texas Tech’s K-12 Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. After thirty five years in public education I believe I can continue to learn and grow as an educational leader.
Born and raised in San Diego, Lisa is one of four children. Her father's work in aviation, provided the family many opportunities to travel including two years in Singapore during her teenage years. Her first career ambition was to work with at-risk youth in juvenile diversion but through a referral to a new program combing outdoor education with race human relations, she found herself teaching sixth graders in 1983 and and fell in love with public education. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Master of Arts in Elementary Curriculum & Instruction from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Humboldt State University.
For the first 21 years of her career, Noonan served as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, principal and curriculum coordinator. In 2004, she became the Superintendent of Elementary Education for Washoe County School District, overseeing the County’s 63 elementary schools and the Rose Bullis Regional Center for K-12 Teaching and Learning.
Noonan was named Superintendent of Schools for Douglas County School District in Minden, Nevada in June 2010. She is proud of many wonderful projects and programs in DCSD but her favorite topic is the amazing work done day-after-day by the district's 800 employees for the community’s 6,000 students. It is their collective commitment to student success that creates an enduring tribute to what public education can and should be.
Lisa and her husband Dave (the other Dr. Noonan) have dedicated their careers to serving students of all ages. From pre-school to doctoral level candidates, the Noonans have been blessed to work with countless students, families and professionals across five decades, four states and nine school districts. The Noonans love calling Northern Nevada home and as of August, 2015 retirement has found them both. They now look forward to spending time with grandchildren and family - to traveling and writing - and to cheering on those who lead and serve our nation’s children.
Mrs. Allen currently serves as superintendent of the East Irondequoit Central School District in Monroe County. She has held this position for the past 10 years. Mrs. Allen’s background includes 10 years of experience as an assistant superintendent for instruction in suburban school districts, including five years of service to the Hilton Central School District, from 1995 to 2000, and five years as assistant superintendent for instruction for the Palmyra-Macedon Central Schools, from 1995 to 2000.
She also served as a middle school principal for the Clarence Central Schools and the Palmyra-Macedon Central Schools, and an assistant principal at the Albion Middle School. She began her career as a reading teacher in the Bloomfield Central School District.
Mrs. Allen is certified as a school district administrator; as a school business administrator; as a reading teacher, preschool to grade 12; as a music teacher, K-12, and as an elementary, kindergarten and preschool teacher. She earned a certificate of advanced study in school business administration and certification in school district administration from SUNY Brockport; a master’s degree in reading from Nazareth College; a bachelor’s degree in music with a minor in education from SUNY Brockport, Magna Cum Laude.
The East Irondequoit Central School District, under Mrs. Allen’s leadership has made great strides. The high school been recognized by Newsweek Magazine for being in the top 6% of high schools nationwide, as well as recently receiving recognition as a School of Opportunity as identified by the Washington Post. The district has implemented the International Baccalaureate Programme in each of its six schools, with four currently authorized and the remaining two up for authorization this coming school year. The Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Program has enabled all students in that program's first three graduating classes to attend college, and the middle school has been identified as the first approved AVID demonstration site in New York State. District voters passed a $72 million dollar capital improvement project and have consistently supported school district budgets.
Mrs. Allen has been very involved in the implementation of a K-12, 1-1 technology initiative, ensuring that each student will have an iPad for instructional use beginning in the fall of 2015. The implementation model used has been based on research and site visits to some of the most successful school districts in the country as identified by the National School Boards technology site visit team.
Mrs. Allen frequently presents at local, state and national conferences on topics related to instructional improvement. She is a past-president of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents and is actively involved with regional educational issues.
Born and raised in northeastern Arkansas, Dr. Tucker served 26 years in the Kansas and Ohio public school systems. During that time, he held the positions of classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, Director of Secondary Curriculum, and Superintendent. He was named Superintendent of the Princeton City School District effective July 1, 2015, following a nationwide search.
Tucker has been a trailblazer and mentor in the field of education:
In 2006, Tucker became the first and is the only African-American to hold an upper-level administrative post in the Hilliard City School District when he was named Director of Secondary Curriculum. In 2008, Dr. Tucker became not only the first African-American to be named Superintendent of Licking Heights Local School District; he also earned the distinction of being the first African-American Superintendent in Licking County. On August 1, 2011, Tucker became the first African-American Superintendent in the Worthington City School District and only the second African-American Superintendent in Franklin County. While sustaining a high performance level in his administrative positions, Tucker mentored administrators across the state, particularly African-American and female administrators, with several of his mentees earning superintendents or assistant superintendents posts.
As a classroom teacher, Dr. Tucker was named “Outstanding Teacher of the Year.” As an administrator, he received the 2014 Buckeye Association of School Administrators Region Eight Exemplary Leadership Award, earned the 2013 National Alliance of Black School Educators Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the Ohio Association of Middle School Administrators “Distinguished Principal Award.”
At the Licking Heights all-staff convocation in August 2008, Dr. Tucker shared his vision of improvement for the district, asking all employees to raise student expectations and increase academic achievement while reducing ethnic and socioeconomic achievement gaps. That vision became reality with quantifiable student achievement results. In his first year as Superintendent, the District moved up two grades to earn its first ever “excellent rating” from the Ohio Department of Education. In the November 2009 election, he was instrumental in passing the district’s permanent improvement levy (1.99 mills), resulting in no increased taxes, especially notable because all previous attempts to pass such a levy had been soundly defeated by voters. A portion of this levy was leveraged to allow the district to secure $10 million in capitalized certificates of participation (bonds) at nearly 0% interest for 25 years to address the district’s growing student population. In June 2010, he secured $1.2 million from a neighboring city for its failure to share tax revenues for those city businesses that fall within the school district. In July 2010, he was successful in securing a $1.2 million judgment against a neighboring school district for intentional failure to pay its share of tax revenues to the district. Despite difficult economic times, on May 3, 2011, voters passed an 11.92-mill levy. The funds prevented major teacher and administrative layoffs, avoided higher student participation fees, and allowed the district to keep critical programs. Additionally, he co-authored a successful, $620,000 Race to the Top Early College Grant from the Ohio Department of Education. This bold approach is preparing low income white, African-American and Somali students for success in secondary and postsecondary education and high skill careers-60 percent of students are first in their family to attend college.
In 2009, working with Bill Ebbing and Jennifer Chrysler (Executives with Les Wexner’s New Albany Company), Dr.Tucker helped initiate the partnership with New Albany for a new commercial development located on the eastern edge of the New Albany Business Park at the Beech Road interchange. As of March 2015, several Fortune 500 businesses have opened in the park. The partnership diversifies the Licking Heights Local School District’s funding sources and enhances its ability to control its growth, with the New Albany Company underwriting all of the initial investments to develop the project.
In 2012, Tucker’s strong instructional efforts helped the Worthington City School District earn the top grade, “excellent with distinction” on the annual state report card for only the second time, which had not been accomplished since the 2008-09 academic year. In 2014, Worthington City School District received a coveted Soar Award from Battelle for Kids as a “Significant Progress District.”
Well-versed both in school financing and business partnerships, Dr. Tucker often is called upon by local and state lawmakers to consult regarding school funding issues. In November 2012, his efforts (along with members of the Worthington Board of Education and a strong levy committee) were successful in passing an incremental levy and no-new taxes, $40 million bond issue. Dr. Tucker and his finance team were able to save Worthington taxpayers over $1.5 million by issuing bond anticipation notes due to the low interest rates available at the time of issuance. Dr. Tucker became the first superintendent in the state to pass both an incremental levy and a bond issue on a single ballot. As Superintendent, Dr. Tucker has never failed an operating levy or bond issue. In 2013, Tucker received approval of $160, 000 in annual funding from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County to provide new school-based prevention and treatment services for students and their parents. In 2014, Tucker assisted the District in acquiring a share of nearly $30 million in Straight A funding for both Rounds of the grant competition.
Dr. Tucker earned his Ph.D. and Master’s from The Ohio State University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Arkansas).
He is an active member of many educational associations, civic organizations and committees, including the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the National Alliance of Black School Educators. He served on the State of Ohio Grade Six Reading Content Advisory Committee and the Northwest Counseling Services Advisory Board. He has given numerous professional presentations across the country. In February, he has will be co-presenting the program, "Using a Professional Learning Collaborative to empower great teaching, develop leaders and create high performing schools" at the AASA 2016 National Conference on Education in Phoeniz, Arizona.
Thomas and his family are actively involved in their church. He enjoys spending time with his children, reading, exercising, and debating at his favorite barber shop on High Street in Columbus.
"Dr. Deering is an outstanding educator whose professional work exemplifies the best qualities of school leadership," Steven Crawford, Executive Director of OASA stated. Crawford went on to say, "I am proud to call Pam Deering my friend and colleague. Oklahoma's public school superintendents will be well represented by Dr. Deering at the national AASA conference in February of 2016."
A selection committee chose Dr. Deering to receive this award based upon the following criteria: strong moral values, demonstration of successful experience in a top-level educational administrative position, the ability to inspire and motivate people, and the promotion of personal and professional growth in herself and others. Finalists for the award must be active participants in local, state, and national professional organizations.
In making their decision, the selection committee considered Dr. Deering's leadership philosophy which states, "With the belief of learning for all, I strive to create a shared-vision for academic success based on the principles of effective schools' research, to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, staff and community, and to ensure financial stability, transparency, and accountability."
Upon learning of this award, Dr. Deering stated, "It is one of the highest honors of my professional career to be associated with and recognized by our state's school administrators as the Superintendent of the Year." She went on to say, "My sincerest thanks to my Board of Education for their support and encouragement. I am so proud to be a part of the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators and all that our professional association has to offer schools and school leaders. This recognition is truly special and I am filled with gratitude for being selected to represent the State of Oklahoma."
Dr. Deering began serving as the Superintendent for Midwest City-Del City Public Schools in March of 2012, following one year as the district's Deputy Superintendent of Fiscal Services and Human Resources, and sixteen years as the district's Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Services and Treasurer.
Deering began her education career as a special education teacher for the Fort Worth Independent School District over 40 years ago. She returned to Oklahoma as a Special Education Coordinator at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and went on to serve as a Special Education Assistant Administrator, Assistant Director of Financial Services, and Assistant State Superintendent/Director of Finance for the agency. Dr. Deering served as the Director of Budget and Financial Management for Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Executive Director of Budgeting and Financial Management for Moore Public Schools prior to serving the Midwest City-Del City Public School District.
Deering currently serves on the Board of OASA as a District Director for OASA District 7. In addition, Deering serves as the Treasurer of the United Suburban Schools Association (USSA).
Dr. Deering has received a number of professional awards and accolades throughout her career. In 2014 she was named the District 7 Superintendent of the Year. She was inducted into the East Central Education Hall of Fame in 2013, and awarded the Midwest City Rotary Club Vocational Award, also in 2013. In 2009 she was named the OASA Central Office Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year. That same year the Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials (OKASBO) awarded her the title of School Business Official of the Year. Deering also received the State Superintendent's Arts in Excellence Award in 2015.
Deering is a horse enthusiast, and participates in hunter/jumper English riding. She enjoys time with her granddaughter Adelyn and teaching her to ride her pony. When possible, she likes to travel with her husband, Retired Major General Myles Deering.
Heidi Sipe serves as the Superintendent of the Umatilla School District. An Eastern Washington native, she began her work in Oregon in 2000 and has developed a deep passion for rural education, especially for linguistically diverse students and students of poverty. She is committed to ensuring that all students have opportunities to achieve their future dreams by establishing a strong foundation of skills through effective instruction delivered by dedicated and skilled staff. Sipe took a leave of absence from Umatilla to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for the Oregon Department of Education in fall of 2012 and oversaw the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation before returning to her district in spring of 2013. Sipe currently chairs the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and has been a member of the commission since 2012. Sipe is passionate about the role of expanded learning opportunities for students and demonstrates her commitment by helping coach the Umatilla High School Robotics team, striving to spark interest in STEM opportunities. Heidi received her Bachelors of Arts in Reading from Eastern Washington University and her administrative credentials and Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Heidi appreciates her husband, Kyle, for providing honest feedback on educational issues from a middle school teacher's perspective. Family is extremely important to Heidi and she enjoys the time she spends with her husband and their children. Her son, Caden, is a Freshman at Washington State University studying mechanical engineering, and her daughter, Cameron, is a Junior at Umatilla High School.
Mark D. DiRocco
Mark DiRocco has been an educator for thirty-seven years and an administrator for thirty-two years in three different school districts. He earned a Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University studying Instructional Systems, a Masters Degree from Bucknell University in Educational Administration, and a Bachelors Degree from Mansfield University in Elementary Education. He has held a number of administrative positions in the Lewisburg Area School District over the past twenty years and is currently serving his fourteenth year as Superintendent. Mark has also served as the Superintendent of Record at SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin, and as an adjunct professor at Bucknell University and Immaculata University.
Mark has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Legislative Committee and has testified on educational issues at the Pennsylvania State Capital on behalf of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. In 2006 Mark received the Tech-Savvy Superintendent’s Award from eSchool News as one of the top ten educational executives in the nation noted for their leadership and vision in the area of educational technology. In February of 2010, he received the Victor Skotedis Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Economics and was named the “Educator of the Year” by Economics Pennsylvania. This past summer he was presented the 2015 Distinguished Educator Award by the Society of Honors at Mansfield University.
Mark and his wife, Kim, have been married for thirty-seven years. They have four grown daughters and two grandchildren. Mark has been active in the community serving on the Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Committee, Susquehanna Valley Early Learning Investment Committee, the Susquehanna Valley Education Project, the Green Dragon Foundation, and volunteering with his church and other civic organizations to help a variety of causes in his local community.
Biography of Georgia Fortunato, Superintendent of Schools
Lincoln Public Schools
Georgia Fortunato has served as Superintendent of Schools since June 2007. The Lincoln School District has a total school population of 3,043 students supported by a professional staff of 300 teachers. The Lincoln School District features four elementary schools grades K-5, one middle school and one high school. Since assuming the Superintendency, Ms. Fortunato has focused on improving student achievement and providing quality programs which will meet all students’ needs and provide them with the tools to compete in a global society.
Ms. Fortunato has spent her entire 35 year career in Lincoln, first as a special educator for twenty-one years both at the elementary and high school levels and as Director of Student Services for five years.
Completing her undergraduate and graduate work at Rhode Island College, Ms. Fortunato holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education/Special Education, and a Masters Degree in Education. Ms. Fortunato is an Executive Board member and member of the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association; the Chair of Northern Rhode Island Collaborative Board of Superintendents; a member of AASA – The School Superintendents Association; a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; a member of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce; and, a Director of the Rhode Island College Alumni Board Association.
Dr. Stephen W. Hefner began his professional career as a high school teacher in his home state of Missouri. His teaching career took a brief detour upon his being drafted into the Army in December of 1970. After completing his military commitment, he earned his Master's Degree at the University of South Carolina, where he later earned his doctorate.
He joined District Five on January 3, 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as superintendent of nearby Richland School District Two for 16 years, where he was responsible for many innovative programs including the creation of multiple magnet centers and programs, choice options for parents and students, full-day kindergarten, service learning, expanded arts offerings and many technology initiatives.
Dr. Hefner has received numerous honors. In 1995, he received the "Friend of Gifted Education" Award from the SC Consortium for Gifted/Talented Education. In 1997, he was named Educator of the Year by the SC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. In 2002, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the SC Association of School Administrators. He was honored as "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" in 2003 by the local Boy Scouts of America organization. In 2005, he received three national awards for his leadership in technology education. He was one of 16 superintendents to receive the President's Technology Award from the American Association of School Administrators, one of 10 superintendents to be named as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent by eSchool News and one of four superintendents to be named Leader of the Year by Technology and Learning magazine. In 2002, Dr. Hefner was given the "Key to the City" by Columbia, South Carolina and in 2009, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina.
His contributions to public education earned him the Southeast Missouri State University's "Alumni Merit Award" in 2008 and by the University of South Carolina's College of Education "Distinguished Alumni Award" of 2006. He was also honored with the William B. Harley Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Education by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators in 2010.
Dr. Hefner is married to the former Lana Mosley. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Megan Hefner and Channing Hefner Rice and the grandparents of one granddaughter Reagan Rice.
Dr. Mike Looney has served as Superintendent of Williamson County Schools since December of 2009. During his tenure in Williamson County Schools, the district has excelled to unprecedented levels of success. Williamson County Public School students boast a record composite average ACT score of 23.7, the highest TCAP scores in district history, and now leads the state and like districts nationally in advanced placement course participation and exam pass rates.
He earned his Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Alabama and has a Bachelor’s Degree in business from Jacksonville State University.
Prior to joining Williamson County, Dr. Looney was Superintendent of the Butler County School District. He also served as Assistant Superintendent for Montgomery Public Schools and Calhoun County Schools, all in Alabama. His experiences include being a school principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher.
Mike proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for 7 years and 6 months. He was injured in the line of duty and subsequently retired at the rank of Staff Sargent.
Dr. Looney work has been published in professional journals; he served on George H. Bush’s National Reading Leadership Panel, and gives keynotes at regional and national conferences. Mike’s military and educational achievements include numerous medals, honors, and awards to include being named RS Montgomery Marine of Year (1987) and Greenville’s Citizen on the Year (2007) and most recently the 2015 Williamson County Impact Award Winner. He lists his greatest accomplishment as being married to his wife Gina for 27+ years and is the proud father to Michael, Zachary, Nathanial and Chloe Looney. He has but one hobby and that is jumping from planes –as he is an avid skydiver.
Perhaps, he is best known for challenging and engaging students to meet their full potential. As an abused child and runaway Dr. Looney uses his life story as a homeless truant and one time resident of a juvenile facility to challenge students to rise above life’ difficult circumstances to attain success.
I have had the pleasure of serving as Hudson ISD Superintendent for almost 21 years. I began my professional career in 1973 as a 1st grade teacher in a neighboring school district, Corrigan-Camden ISD. Rather than following a more traditional pathway in administration, I left the classroom after 11 years to become Corrigan-Camden’s first curriculum director. In 1986 I accepted a position with Hudson ISD serving as district curriculum director, 3 years later I was promoted to assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, special programs. I accepted the superintendent position in 1995.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Education from Stephen F. Austin University in 1973 with teaching fields in elementary education, music and early childhood and a Masters of Education in 1983. For over 30 years of my professional career, the closest university to obtain a doctorate degree was 120 miles away, with residency requirements. As a single parent, that was not an option so I elected to continue my education with completing more than 60 post graduate college hours, earning a Professional Supervision Certification, Educational Administration and a Superintendent Certification from Stephen F. Austin University.
As superintendent, I have been actively involved in the Texas Association of School Administrators, serving on the Executive Board and TASA Legislative Chair for 2 years. I am past president for Texas Association of Midsize Schools and past president for the Texas Association of Community Schools. I have served on the Executive Board for Region VII ESC for multiple terms. I am currently serving on the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools Board of Directors and serving as an Executive Member of the TASA School Transformation Design Team. I have served several terms as Member at Large on the Commissioner’s Cabinet. I am a member of the American Association of School Administrators and Urban Superintendents Association of America. I have served on many local community organization boards: Chamber of Commerce, Business of Education Partnership, Drug Free Communities & School Task Force, Coalition for a Better Community, Beth and Horace Stubblefield Learning Center and the area P-16 Council.
My first award as superintendent was in 1997 when I received the Golden Anvil Award for Community Service at the Chamber Annual Banquet. This was due to my determination to open a county-wide high school for dropout recovery / prevention, which to-date has graduated over 1,500 students. I have been selected as the Region VII Superintendent twice. I was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the Interim Committee for School Finance. October 3rd, I was selected as the Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards.
I have been invited to 10 regional service centers to promote a “New Vision for Texas Public Schools”, invited to speak at “Save Texas Schools Rally” at the Austin Capitol in 2013, again in 2015. I have made formal presentations at various state-wide conferences and currently scheduled to present at the Urban Superintendents of America Summer Leadership Academy in 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland.
I have published multiple articles advocating for public education: School Leadership Review, Insight – Texas Association of School Administrators Professional Journal, Texas School Business and the Lufkin Daily News.
I am currently involved in creating Texas’ first Early College High School that will be a cooperative among the 6 county schools districts and the community college. The original intent for the ECHS will be expanded to include career and technology certifications and licensures. I continue to promote a new vision for public education throughout the state. A vision that is for all students in all districts.
The Utah School Superintendents Association (USSA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Utah School Superintendent of the Year, Steve Carlsen, Superintendent of Carbon School District. Named on Monday, September 14, 2015 at a meeting of USSA members, Steve is the immediate Past President of the Association and has been involved in USSA leadership and activities for over a decade. Steve is starting his fifth year as Superintendent in Carbon School District and oversees ten schools in the district.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Steve played football for the Cougars, and played in the 1980 "Miracle Bowl" game at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. He has a rich background of experience, having served as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent in Idaho and Utah. He received his Master of Education degree at Idaho State University. He was superintendent in North Summit School District for ten years previous to his work in Carbon schools. His board leaders have consistently recognized Steve's ability to focus on students through difficult financial times in education. Board members add that he has brought recognition of the good that is happening in their district with new perspective and energy to address additional challenges.
Of his work, Supt. Carlsen indicates that Carbon "is focused on holding students to a high standard in all aspects of their education." He has led with confidence in the administrative, teaching, and support staff of the district as they meet the rigor of new standards and performance expectations. He has also led the reconfiguration of school realignments of K-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools, and freshmen attending Carbon High School. He has also placed great emphasis on Professional Learning Communities in Carbon's schools. He said, "Whereas teachers used to talk about teaching for improvement, now we all talk about student learning as our goal."
"I am very impressed with the level of professionalism and caring that there is in Carbon School District and I am proud to be part of the team doing all we can to help young people be successful, productive, and caring individuals in our community, Supt. Carlsen said.
A great advocate for music in schools, last year Supt. Carlsen was named the Administrator of the YEAR by the Utah Music Educators Association at their annual conference. Carlsen is credited with having convened his music staff to create strategies for improving the districts' music program and then funding and implementing those strategies. "The lion's share of that improvement lies squarely on the shoulders of the music teachers in the district," he stated. Music is such an important part of life and it is important to many of our students. It allows them an opportunity to excel in their particular field of strength or interest," Carlsen said. Supt. Carlsen, himself, plays many instruments and participate periodically in a superintendent band.
Carlsen and his wife, Grace, have six children, some of whom are following their father into school administration. He enjoys being outdoors, and loves hunting, fishing, camping and Dutch oven cooking.
Contact for Steve Carlsen: 435-613-3131, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Pamela R. Moran has served as Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools since January 2006. She oversees a division with an annual operating budget of $167 million; a self-sustaining budget of $16 million, and a five-year capital budget of $52 million. The division includes more than 1,200 teachers educating 13,700 students in preschool through 12th grade. Across 26 schools serving a diverse locality of 726 square miles, the focus of Dr. Moran’s strategic vision and leadership has been to democratize access to curricula—to personalize learning so that opportunities aren’t time-bound or dictated by the walls of the school or a child’s home zip code. In 2015, this means using all resources available to create universal access to learning at home, in schools, and across the community.
The ongoing integration of digital learning technologies, from social media to the division’s tool crib model, allows educators and young people to search, connect, communicate, and make their own learning, rather than depend upon the static resources and teacher-determined pedagogies of past schooling. This has increased the bandwidth of student opportunity and success as measured by authentic audience feedback; exhibitions of student learning inside schools and throughout the community; and finding connections with peer classes, experts and expertise across the global communication network of the internet. Through a combination of excellent teachers and technology access, young people are given the opportunity, responsibility and capability to own their learning. This begins with the one, student-centered goal of the division’s strategic plan, “Horizon 2020,” that students acquire, develop and sustain lifelong-learning competencies before they graduate.
During Dr. Moran’s tenure, Albemarle County Public Schools has become one of the top-performing school divisions in the state with a 2015 on-time graduation rate exceeding 94 percent and a drop-out rate of 2.3 percent, with particular success in its African American subgroup (1.9 percent drop-out rate). Two out of every three high school seniors graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, 34 percent higher than the state average. In 2012, Albemarle County students had the second highest SAT scores among 133 school divisions in Virginia in critical reading and the third highest scores for writing and math, and scores have continued to improve.
Among the school division’s flagship programs are its Learning Commons (full-service media spaces with hacker space, music construction studios, student genius bars, poet cafes, design labs and coding and gaming studios), AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), and M-Cubed (Math, Men, Mission). Both the Learning Commons and M-Cubed have received the National School Boards Association Magna Award, given annually to the school division in the nation with the most innovative and effective program. Albemarle County Public Schools is the only school division in the history of the Magna Award to twice receive the association’s highest performance honor.
Monticello High School’s Learning Commons has attracted visits by MIT, Harvard, the Universities of Virginia and North Carolina, the Smithsonian Museum, and the New York Hall of Science. Prior to the library’s conversion to a Learning Commons, annual student visits to the library were 400. Today, those visits number more than 70,000 and students often queue an hour before the school day to enter the Commons.
M-Cubed is a program that supports black middle school males in year-round advanced math studies to improve their high school academic performance, including a summer math academy that integrates applications of math through robotics and gamification strategies embedded in Minecraft.Edu. The division’s Jack Jouett Middle School is in the top three percent of all schools in the world for the success of its AVID college- and career-readiness program, starting up the first #AVIDchat on twitter. These programs function inside and outside of school walls as part of Dr. Moran’s emphasis on digital learning policies that sustain student control of devices and open access to internet resources.
A key component of the division’s seven transformative learning pathways is its maker curriculum, which has been the subject of presentations by division educators around the country, including at the White House. In 2015, in partnership with two other school divisions and the University of Virginia, Albemarle County Public Schools was one of three public school divisions in the nation to receive an Investing in Innovation demonstration grant. The $3.4 million federal grant is being used to develop advanced manufacturing and engineering programs in division middle schools and is in addition to a $20,000 state planning grant to develop a “school of the future” model.
The division supports high school STEM centers of excellence. Students in the Math, Engineering & Science Academy earn an average of $24,000 per student in academic scholarships; the Health and Medical Sciences Academy became a Governor’s Regional Health Academy in 2013; and in 2015, a new Environmental Studies Academy began operations.
The division also was home three years ago to one of the first CoderDojo Academies in a public school division in the country, teaching computer coding and science skills to students. Coding is a critical toolset to developing lifelong-learning competencies in all learners and has been integrated into classes from kindergarten to college credit courses. Coding from SCRATCH to Arduino to advanced programming is now integral to our K-12 programs.
Dr. Moran is a leading advocate of a collaborative educational model that prepares students for “success in their century, not mine.” Through vertical and horizontal teamwork by teacher and administrative leaders in and across schools, the division emphasizes the value of student-led research; project-based learning; and contemporary learning spaces that promote collaboration, creativity, analytical problem-solving, critical thinking, and global communications competencies among all students. Community engagement and communication with parents and community occurs through traditional channels as well as our YouTube channel, Twitter feed, Facebook site, website, and the new “Albemarle County PS” mobile app.
A member of the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, Dr. Moran was selected as Superintendent of the Year for Virginia in 2015. She previously served as President of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and holds leadership positions with the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Project 24, Maker Ed Advisory Committee, and the University of Virginia-Public Schools Educational Partnership. She is a past president of the Women Educational Leaders of Virginia and served as a judge of the inaugural DILA Awards. She appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of the integration of technology in the classroom and was featured in a recent profile by Edutopia on the division’s educational model. She was recognized as a National Tech Savvy Superintendent in 2010 and received the national Bammy Superintendent’s Award in 2013. In 2011, under her leadership, the division received the Governor’s Innovation in Technology Award. Dr. Moran has presented and keynoted at numerous national and state-level technology education conferences, including the ICTEDU national tech conference of Ireland in 2012. Dr. Moran has actively blogged for AASA, EdSurge, Digital Is, her Superintendent’s Blog, and on a personal site, “A Space for Learning.” She is a skilled user of Twitter, Instagram, and Vine.
Dr. Moran’s career in public education includes serving as a high school science teacher, central office science coordinator and staff developer, elementary school principal, director of instruction, assistant superintendent for instruction, and adjunct instructor in educational leadership for the University of Virginia’s Curry School and the School of Continuing Education. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Furman University and holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. Dr. Moran also is an alumnus of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Executive Educators Leadership Institute.
Ron Ryan is the Superintendent of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union and serves as the chief executive officer for the supervisory union and each school board. He provides leadership and strategic direction to carry out the policies adopted by the school boards relating to the educational and business affairs of the school districts.
Before joining the supervisory union in 1997, Ryan served for seven years as assistant superintendent in Windham Central Supervisory Union. Mr. Ryan also served as a school principal and classroom teacher. He began his career in education in 1980.
Ryan holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Leadership and Administration from Castleton State College.
Dr. Steven T. Webb became superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools in July 2008. He joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006.
A native of Washington State, Webb grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Bethel High School. He earned an educational doctorate from Seattle University, a master of arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and a bachelor of arts in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound.
Webb has a distinguished 31-year career in public education in Washington and California, serving as superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for secondary learning and technology, principal and assistant principal, high school teacher and coach. He is an active member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and the Western States Benchmarking Consortium. He co-chairs the Coalition for Community Schools superintendents leadership council and serves on the Horace Mann League board of directors. In 2014, Steve was one of eight public school leaders in the nation selected by eSchool News as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent. In 2011, Steve was honored with the Leadership Through Communication Award given by the American Association of School Administrators, National School Public Relations Association and Blackboard Connect. He also received the 2011 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators.
Webb is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences and a published author in professional journals. He is a hands-on leader who regularly visits classrooms at 37 school sites and periodically works the various jobs of the district’s 3,300 employees.
Since moving to Vancouver, Webb has become involved in the community through many civic organizations and his church. He currently serves on the boards for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, and Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and he is a member of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.
Webb’s wife, Lisa, is a speech language pathologist for Battle Ground Public Schools. They have two children, Tess and Levi, both students in Vancouver Public Schools.
Patricia Deklotz is an advocate for children and public education. She is entering her tenth year as superintendent for the Kettle Moraine School District, a high performing K-12 district serving 4,200 students located in southeastern Wisconsin. Under her leadership the district has embraced the Board's challenge to transform schools to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all students, implementing the following initiatives: increased transcripted, advanced placement, and dual enrollment courses; implementation of Project Lead the Way and Gateway to Engineering; implementation of four-year-old kindergarten; creation of four instrumentality charter schools (three high schools and one elementary school); an interdisciplinary project-based multi-age middle school house; and the development of an advanced manufacturing certificate diploma. As Kettle Moraine staff work to personalize learning for students, the district is working to personalize learning for staff. Through a process that utilizes micro-credentials, the district is redefining educator compensation while developing educator career pathways. Job-embedded coaching is provided to teachers through Lead Educators and Directors of Learning. Creating career pathways through differentiated responsibilities of leadership also provides a pipeline that addresses district succession needs.
Born in southwestern Minnesota, Deklotz was the third of six children in her family. Her father was a share-cropping farmer and her mother was a school teacher, who left her one-room school house to become a wife and mother. Her mother's political affiliation with Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, as well as her campaign to secure the right of kindergarten children to receive bus transportation, made interesting supper table dialogue. However, dying at the age of 42, she did not see the success of her fight for "children of renters" to be able to utilize the public library. With her mother's passing, Deklotz stepped into her mother's responsibilities at age 12, becoming the "chief cook and bottle washer" as her father affectionately named her. Deklotz credits her mother's political activism for spurring her own passion for public education and the rights of all children.
Taking a non-traditional route into the field of education, Deklotz dropped out of college just two quarters shy of her teaching degree in order to provide for her own family. Deklotz worked 20 years in financial software development and with non-profit organizations prior to going back to school and becoming a teacher in 1996. Earning her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees by doing homework alongside her children, she celebrates the weekend in May 2013 when she and her son were both awarded their doctoral diplomas. She began her involvement in the Kettle Moraine School District by serving as a parent volunteer and PTO co-chair. Before going back to earn her teaching license she spent five years on the Kettle Moraine School Board, serving as president for the last two years.
Currently Deklotz serves on the State's Coordinating Council for Educator Effectiveness, as vice-president of the Waukesha County Technical College Board, president of GPS Education Partners board, on the President's Advisory Council for Carroll University, chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness consortium, chair of the Cooperative Service Agency #1 Superintendent's PAC, and co-chair of Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance. She is an active member of the business organizations that serve the ten municipalities that comprise the Kettle Moraine School District. The loving wife of Joe for 33 years, she is also the proud mother of Amber, Richard, and Chelsea and grandmother to five amazingly beautiful, talented, and hard-working grandchildren.
Frank Blackwell, Wyoming County Schools superintendent and a member of Concord University's Board of Governors, was named the 2016 West Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the West Virginia Association of School Administrators. The award ceremony was held June 25.
Blackwell was first appointed to Concord's Board of Governors in February 2008 and reappointed in August 2013. He is a former chairperson of the board.
Blackwell's career as an educator has spanned nearly five decades. He has served as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent. He has been superintendent of Wyoming County Schools since 1982.
A resident of Mullens, W.Va., Blackwell is known as a community advocate of excellent schools and successful students. He holds an A.B. and a M.A. degree from Marshall University.
BORN - March 29, 1969
MARRIED to beautiful and wonderful wife Carla for 25 years
CHILDREN (5)- son Korey, 24, daughters Brianna, 20, Mikaela, 19, Maddison, 15, and son Jayden, 12.
IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY – Pocatello, Idaho; Doctoral Candidate, ABD –EdD Degree 2051; EdS Degree – Educational Administration; Master of Education – Educational Leadership and Administration; B.S. degree in Education – dual majors - Business Education & Physical Education
SUPERINTENDENT- Big Horn School District #1, Cowley, Wyoming; July ‘07 – Present.
PRINCIPAL- Shelley High School, Shelley, Idaho; August ‘04 – July ‘07.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL- Hillcrest High School, Idaho Falls, Idaho; August ‘02 – June ‘04.
PRINCIPAL- Dietrich JR./SR.High School, Dietrich, Idaho; August ‘00 – June ‘02.
TEACHER- Ririe High School, Ririe, Idaho; August ‘95 – May ‘00.