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The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is inviting nominations for the 2018 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 2018 AASA National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville, March 15-17, 2018.

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, 2017.

Please nominate your superintendent at http://soy.aasa.org
You will then be directed to the National Association page. Click on the NOMINATE button.


For more information contact:

Jeanna Vohnoutka

Phone: 651-789-4062





Bernadine Futrell, Director, Awards and Collaborations

AASA – The School Superintendents Association

1615 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703.875.0717

E-mail: bfutrell@aasa.org


Recipients of the Minnesota Superintendent of the Year Award:


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
2016 Daniel Bittman, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District
2017 Curt Tryggestad, Superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools