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Honorees from Georgia, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas Vie for 2024 National Superintendent of the Year Laurels

From left: moderator Caitlynn Peetz and finalists Joe Gothard, Kimberly Rizzo Saunders, Martha Salazar-Zamora and Frederick Williams, at AASA's panel briefing in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jimmy MIinichello.

Four finalists for the 2024 National Superintendent of the Year award will learn in late afternoon on Feb. 15 who among them will receive this year’s crown. The announcement will be made at the 1st General Session of the AASA National Conference on Education at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

The foursome includes veteran public school system leaders from Georgia, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas.

The four finalists are:

The 2023 National Superintendent of the Year, Kevin McGowan, leads a suburban school district outside Rochester, N.Y.

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From left: Martha Salazar-Zamora, Joe Gothard, Kimberly Rizzo Saunders and Frederick Williams.

The annual recognition program is co-sponsored by AASA, Corebridge Financial (formerly known as AIG Life & Retirement) and First Student. The program honors school system leaders throughout the country who are making a positive difference in the lives of the students they serve in addition to ensuring the safety and wellness of their school communities.

The National Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 37th year, is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors international school superintendents. The nominees, selected by a blue ribbon panel in mid-December, were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system;
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication;
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team; and
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the 2024 National Superintendent of the Year to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated or the school now serving the same area.

Access here a list of the 2024 state superintendents of the year from each state and overseas, all of whom were candidates for the national honor.

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