AASA Names Women in School Leadership Award Finalists for 2018


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 19, 2017 – In keeping with its long-standing tradition of honoring exceptional female educators, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the finalists for the organization’s 2018 Women in School Leadership Awards. The finalists represent the states of Maryland, Montana, Illinois, Oregon and Pennsylvania. 

“Fewer than 25 percent of school district leaders are female, which means it’s essential to create opportunities that will bring more women into the field of education administration,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The Women in School Leadership Awards program serves as a vehicle for women educators to develop their leadership skills and advance their careers. We congratulate our finalists who have worked exceptionally hard in serving the students in their respective communities.”

The awards are designed to recognize exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day and to pay tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.

Last year, AASA announced a new category — the School Based Award — which recognizes the leadership skills of talented teachers, coaches and other school-based employees seeking leadership positions.

The finalists for the three categories are as follows:
The School Based Award – awarded to any female classroom teacher or school based specialist Equivalent job titles may include teacher or school-based counselor.
  • Fran Glick, coordinator of digital learning, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore, Md.
  • Karen Rubican, counselor, Canon-McMillan School District, Canonsburg, Pa.

The Central Office/Principal Award – awarded to any female central office or building-level leader

  • Sharon Suritsky, assistant/deputy superintendent, Upper St. Clair School District, Upper St. Clair, Pa.
  • Tania Tong, director of special education and student services, Medford School District, Medford, Ore.

The Superintendent Award – awarded to any female superintendent

  • Blondean Davis, superintendent, Matteson School District 162/Southland College Prep Charter High School, Richton Park, Ill.
  • Laurie Barron, superintendent, Evergreen School District #50, Kalispell, Mont. 

Candidates are judged based on leadership in meeting the learning needs of students, personal and organizational communication strength, constant professional improvement of knowledge and skills, and active community involvement.

The final award recipients in each category will be announced during the AASA National Conference on Education, Feb. 15-17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. For more information on the Women in School Leadership Awards, please visit the AASA website or contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA assistant director, meetings and awards, at jrooney@aasa.org or 703-875-0778.  


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.