March 25, 2018

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AASA Announces Finalists for 2014 National Superintendent of the Year

aasa_logo_FINAL_colorAASA, the School Superintendents Association, today announced the finalists for the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year. The honor, which recognizes leaders of school systems throughout the country, is in its 27th year. The candidates hail from Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Texas.

The finalists are Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Public Schools; Terry Grier, Houston Independent School District; Kevin Maxwell, Anne Arundel County (MD) Public Schools; and Michele Taylor, Calhoun City (GA) Schools. The applicants were selected for how well they have demonstrated their leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement.

The 2014 National Superintendent of the Year program is co-sponsored by Aramark Education, VALIC, and AASA. The winner will be announced during AASA’s National Conference on Education, which is being held on February 13–15 in Nashville, TN.

“AASA is grateful to Aramark and VALIC for helping us bring recognition to some of the best school system leaders our profession has to offer,” says Daniel A. Domenech, AASA’s executive director. “It’s reassuring to know that these superintendents continue to build solutions to address the critical challenges facing our schools…. It’s an honor to be associated with them.”

Says John Kandemir, vice president of marketing and strategic development for Aramark Education, “As a longtime supporter of AASA and a proud partner of the K–12 community, we are honored to recognize the remarkable work of superintendents throughout the nation. By delivering exceptional educational experiences, they are truly ensuring promising futures for our children.”

“The individuals we are honoring have created positive learning environments in school districts in their communities,” adds John Kevin, vice president, K–12 Markets, VALIC.

AASA-Superintendent_FinalistMore about the finalists:
Alberto Carvalho became superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest school system in September 2008. He is the self-appointed principal of two award-winning schools—the Primary Learning Center and the iPrep Academy. He also served as president of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Miami-Dade Public Schools won the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

Terry Grier became the Houston Independent School District’s superintendent of schools after a unanimous vote of approval by the district’s board of education in September 2009. Under his watch, HISD’s dropout rate has decreased to its all-time low (11.8 percent) and its graduation rate has increased to its all-time high (78.5 percent). HISD won the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

Kevin Maxwell was named chief executive officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools in July 2013.  Before joining PGCPS, he served as superintendent for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, a position he held since July 2006. He was honored in 2010 as Arts Education Advocate of the Year by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance for his efforts to enhance arts education programs in Anne Arundel County, which included the opening of the county’s first performing and visual arts magnet school at Bates Middle School.

Michele Taylor has served as superintendent of Calhoun City Schools for the past six years. Prior to this appointment she served as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, instructional coordinator, media specialist, and classroom teacher. Under her guidance over the last six years, the Calhoun City Schools has experienced increased academic advancement and achievement. The school system has the third-highest system average graduation rate in the state: 94 percent, compared with a rate of 67 percent in 2003.

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year program is open to all US superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors Canadian and international superintendents.   $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the winner to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.

A complete list of the AASA 2014 State Superintendents of the Year is available online.

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Karyn M. Peterson ( is a former News Editor ofSLJ.

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