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Profile of Kevin McGowan: A Considered Decision Maker in the Midst of Professional Challenges

Kevin McGowan receives NSOY coat from Curtis Cain

As superintendent of the Brighton Central School District in Rochester, N.Y., Kevin McGowan is known for his strategic thinking, his willingness to listen to opposing viewpoints, his transparency and his calm leadership.  He’s also known for his steadfast commitment to the belief he commonly shares that every single child matters: “Every child, every day, in […]

[Video] Meet the AASA 2023 Finalists for National Superintendent of the Year (3:09)

In this short video, the finalists for the 2023 National Superintendent of the Year® discuss what this distinction means for them and what it means to be a member of AASA. The finalists are: PJ Caposey, Meridian Community Unit School District 223, Stillman Valley, Ill.; Matthew Hillmann, Northfield Public Schools, ISD 659, Northfield, Minn.; Kevin […]

[Video] What’s It Mean to Be Recognized by Peers as the Nation’s Top Superintendent? Curtis Cain of Wentzville, Mo., Shares Thoughts in a Backstage Interview (2:53)

Curtis Cain of Wentzville, Mo., talks about the message of hope that he has in mind for his superintendent colleagues across the country, minutes after he was named the 2022 National Superintendent of the Year in a ceremony Feb. 17 at the AASA national conference in Nashville, Tenn. (Video filmed by Lifetouch and produced by […]

Odds and Ends about Curtis Cain, 2022 National Superintendent of the Year Honoree

His Greatest Influence Curtis Cain, who is 48, considers mentorship the most profound impact on his 26 years in education. As he puts it: “We speak to the importance of significant relationships for students and, in numerous ways, this is true for professionals as well. From being a student to my teaching to engaging in […]