Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)






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The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is inviting nominations for the 2016 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. The recipient of this prestigious award will be a candidate among other state winners for National Superintendent of the Year. The 2016 AASA National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the AASA National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 11-13, 2016.


Graciously sponsored by ATS&R, the program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our state’s public schools. Any superintendent, chancellor or top leader of a school system in Minnesota who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated. This program is designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents.


Each candidate is assessed on the following criteria:


·      Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.

·      Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.

·      Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.

·      Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.


The nomination deadline is Aug. 1, 2015. For more information, please contact quinn@mnasa.org or visit http://soy.aasa.org.

Past Recipients:


1988 Glenn G. Matejka, Hutchinson Schools


1989 Gerald L. McCoy, Eden Prairie Schools


1990 Donald R. Draayer, Minnetonka Schools


1991 James R. Walker, North Branch Schools


1992 John R. McClellan, Centennial Schools


1993 Marl Ramsey, Osseo Schools


1994 Lowell D. Larson, Richfield Schools


1995 Donald F. Groth, Kasson-Mantorville Schools


1996 James R. Rickabaugh, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools


1997 Chris L. Huber, Spring Lake Park Schools


1998 Gregory A. Vandal, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools


1999 Michael L. Kremer, Hopkins Schools


2000 Laverne (Bob) Lageson, Big Lake Schools


2001 Theodore Blaesing, White Bear Lake Schools


2002 Carol Johnson, Minneapolis Schools


2003 Ken Dragseth, Edina Schools


2004 Kay Worner, Sartell-St. Stephen Schools


2005 Ben Kanninen, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools


2006 Gary Prest, Bloomington Schools


2007 Don Helmstetter, Spring Lake Park Schools


2008 Mark Robertson, Fridley Schools


2009 Dennis Peterson, Minnetonka Schools


2010 Patty Phillips, No. St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale


2011 Scott Staska, Rocori Schools


2012 Chris Richardson,Northfield Schools


2013 Jeff Olson, Saint Peter Public Schools


2014 Kate Maguire, Osseo Area Schools


2015 Sandra Lewandowski, Intermediate District 287


2015 Sandra Lewandowski, Intermediate District 287