•  (posted on the MASA Website first week of June; Nominations due August 1)




    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is inviting nominations for the 2019 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 2019 AASA National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the AASA National Conference on Education, Feb. 14-16, 2019, Los Angeles, Calif..

    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 for the National Superintendent of the Year Award must first be named by their state association as the State Superintendent of the Year.

    Each State Superintendent of the Year is judged 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, 2018.

    Please nominate your superintendent at NOW CLOSED
    You will then be directed to the National Association page. Click on the NOMINATE button.


    For further information contact:

    Jeanna Vohnoutka, Associate
    MASA – Minnesota Association of School Administrators
    Phone: 651-789-4062


    Jennifer Rooney, Assistant Director, Meetings & Awards
    AASA – The School Superintendents Association
    1615 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314
    Phone: 703-875-0709
    E-mail: jrooney@aasa.org

    Recipients of the Minnesota Superintendent of the Year Award:


    2019 Jay Haugen, Superintendent of the Farmington Area Public Schools
    2018 Deb Henton, Superintendent, North Branch Area Schools
    2017 Curt Tryggestad, Superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools
    2016 Daniel Bittman, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District
    2015 Sandra Lewandowski, Intermediate District 287
    2014 Kate Maguire, Osseo Area Schools
    2013 Jeff Olson, Saint Peter Public Schools
    2012 Chris Richardson, Northfield Public Schools
    2011 Scott Staska, Rocori Public Schools
    2010 Patty Phillips, No. St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District
    2009 Dennis Peterson, Minnetonka Public Schools
    2008 Mark Robertson, Fridley Public Schools
    2007 Don Helmstetter, Spring Lake Park Schools
    2006 Gary Prest, Bloomington Public Schools
    2005 Ben Kanninen, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District
    2004 Kay Worner, Sartell-St. Stephen Schools
    2003 Ken Dragseth, Edina Public Schools
    2002 Carol Johnson, Minneapolis Public Schools
    2001 Theodore Blaesing, White Bear Lake Schools
    2000 Laverne (Bob) Lageson, Big Lake Public Schools
    1999 Michael L. Kremer, Hopkins Public Schools
    1998 Gregory A. Vandal, Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools
    1997 Chris L. Huber, Spring Lake Park Schools
    1996 James R. Rickabaugh, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District
    1995 Donald F. Groth, Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools
    1994 Lowell D. Larson, Richfield Public Schools
    1993 Marl Ramsey, Osseo Area Schools
    1992 John R. McClellan, Centennial School District
    1991 James R. Walker, North Branch Area Schools
    1990 Donald R. Draayer, Minnetonka Public Schools
    1989 Gerald L. McCoy, Eden Prairie Public Schools
    1988 Glenn G. Matejka, Hutchinson Public Schools