Some miscellaneous but distinctive things to know about the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year Michelle Reid, who is the superintendent of the Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash.
Greatest influence on her career: “My faith. I keep my beliefs and behaviors aligned as I traverse my professional responsibilities.”
Best professional day: “Any day I spend with students and staff in schools and join parents and community members at evening activities.”
A memorable lesson: As a middle school science teacher, she used a skateboard to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy for a physics lessons, even though she crashed in the process.
A pandemic moment: Reid met with parents, high school juniors and seniors, Latinx families, Muslim families and various labor groups to discuss Black Lives Matter and social and racial justice, while helping all stakeholders navigate the pandemic.
Book at beside: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Biggest blooper: “Not being one to step away from a challenge and as a former collegiate basketball player, I accepted an invitation to play in the Woodmoor Elementary staff versus student game. My calendar tightened on that afternoon and I arrived in my suit and heels with no change of clothes. Suffice it to say that ‘my moves’ on the court were limited. I now keep a change of clothes and shoes in the car.”
Why I’m an AASA member: “Part of our responsibility as education leaders is to advocate for policies that are more just and resources to support this important work. Being part of a larger advocacy voice is important.”
(Compiled by Jay P. Goldman, editor of Conference Daily Online, and Merri Rosenberg, freelance education writer in Westchester County, N.Y.)