Three school leaders received the 2017 Women in School Leadership Awards at AASA’s national conference in New Orleans, La. The announcements were made at the 2nd General Session on Friday.
The honors were made in three categories:
- Superintendent Award: Yvonne Caamal Canul, superintendent of Lansing School District in Lansing, Mich.
- Central Office/Principal Award: Lisette Estrella-Henderson, associate superintendent, student programs and educational services, Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield, Calif. (Recently, she assumed the superintendency of the county office.)
- School Based Award: Kristin Shymoniak, lead special education teacher in the Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Va.
The latter award is being given for the first time to recognize an individual who aspires to become a superintendent.
The finalists in each category were: Rosa Atkins, superintendent, Charlottesville, Va.; central office/principal, Claire Miller, chief academic officer, Oconee County, Calif.; and school-based, Jennifer Butler.
The awards were sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and AASA. Each honoree received a $1,000 check and a one-year membership to AASA.
Further details available in the official AASA press release.