Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)
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Dr. Amoroso’s background includes a wide range of experiences at both the school district and state levels. He has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of educational services and human resources, and, for the last fifteen years, a school superintendent. He has been active in the statewide and national dialogue on educational policy issues, working with a variety of groups to promote and support public education. An accomplished presenter, Dr. Amoroso has spoken before numerous education and civic groups in addition to serving as an adjunct professor in Educational Leadership for Minnesota State University, Mankato.
As an MASA member, Dr. Amoroso served as the organization’s President (2009-10). Prior to his tenure as a board officer, Dr. Amoroso represented the Twin Cities’ metro region on the MASA board. He also served as MASA Federal Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, traveling to Washington, DC to support MASA’s federal policy interests in Congress. Since 2005, he has also volunteered his time and expertise as a Trustee to the MASA Foundation, an organization that supports the development of professional practice in school leadership.
“These are not easy times for educators,” states MASA President Jeff Olson, “and choosing a leader for our statewide organization is a critical task that can have a great deal of impact on the quality of education in our state. We feel confident that Gary has the skills, experience, and enthusiasm necessary to lead, not only MASA, but the public dialogue about our schools and our children’s future.”
In his ten years as Superintendent in Lakeville, Dr. Amoroso strategically led an expanding district that, during his tenure, grew from a small suburban district to an award winning school system serving approximately 11,200 students with nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, an Area Learning Center and two Community Education facilities. On state mandated accountability tests Lakeville ranks 1st in both math and reading proficiency of the 10 largest districts in the state, and experienced the 5th largest performance gain of the 48 metro districts.
Before becoming Lakeville Superintendent, Dr. Amoroso was Superintendent of the Pewaukee Public Schools, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, from 1996-2001. From 1990-1996, Dr. Amoroso served the schools in Sussex, Wisconsin as a high school principal and as Director of Educational Services and Human Resources. In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he was a middle school principal and a high school assistant principal. Dr. Amoroso’s teaching background is in social studies.
Dr. Amoroso received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2004. He holds a specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and a master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision, both from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a bachelor’s degree in Broad Field Social Studies and History from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
AS ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN, MASA shapes and influences the State and Federal education agenda, serves as the preeminent voice for public education, and empowers all members through high quality services, support and professional learning.