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National Superintendent of the Year Is an AACTE Member Alumnus

Curtis CainCurtis Cain, superintendent of Wentzville School District, in Wentzville, Mo., has been named the 2022 AASA National Superintendent of the Year®. He is also an alumnus of two AACTE member institutions: He completed his B.S. degree at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Iowa State University.

Cain has served as superintendent of Wentzville Schools, a district with more than 17,300 students, since 2013. The school system’s performance on the state’s Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) is in the top 13% of the more than 520 school districts in the state. Prior to joining Wentzville Schools, he served as the associate superintendent for educational services in the Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District. He has also served as the director of curriculum and professional development for the Park Hill (Mo.) School District. He’s about to seek a new adventure, having been named the next superintendent this summer of the Rockwood School District, also a St. Louis suburb.

 “This is such a humbling recognition in the field of education, specifically within the superintendency with the creative, brave and bold things so many of my colleagues are engaging in,” Cain said of being a finalist. “It’s a recognition that provides a platform so people can understand how special not only the Wentzville School District is, but the community as well.  The work is never done, but this recognition celebrates the work that we’re doing.” 

Now in its 35th year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.  For more information, see the AASA award announcement.


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