Finalists for Superintendent of the Year are Alum of AACTE Institutions
The School Superintendents Association (AASA) announce the four finalists for the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year,® a distinction that honors school system leaders throughout the country for making a positive difference in the lives of the students they serve. The four finalists for the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year® are:
- Gustavo Balderas, Eugene School District 4J, Eugene, Ore.
- Samantha Fuhrey, Newton County School System, Covington, Ga.
- Michael Nagler, Mineola Public Schools, Mineola, N.Y.
- Jeffery Smith, Hampton City Schools, Hampton, Va.
All four finalists graduated from an AACTE member institution: Balderas earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Oregon; Fuhrey received her master’s degree in educational leadership from the State University of West Georgia and an education specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Georgia College and State University; Nagler earned his doctorate from Columbia University; and Smith received his bachelor of arts degree in English education from Virginia Union University and a master of education degree in education administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University.
“This announcement represents an opportunity for AASA to recognize the tremendous work and outstanding leadership carried out by four ambassadors of public education who I would refer to as ‘champions for children,’” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The National Superintendent of the Year® program celebrates both these education thought leaders and the critical role public education plays in our society.”
The National Superintendent of the Year® program, is now in its 33rd year. The 2020 award recipient will be announced during AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 13-15 in San Diego, CA. The award includes a $10,000 college scholarship presented in the name of the 2020 honoree to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.