AASA Announces 2020 Women in School Leadership Awards



James Minichello

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San Diego – Feb. 14, 2020 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2020 AASA Women in School Leadership Award.  

Today’s announcement was held at the organization’s 2020 National Conference on Education, held in San Diego, Calif., The award, sponsored by Horace Mann and AASA, pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.

The honorees in each category were as follows:  

  • Superintendent Award: Susan Enfield, superintendent, Highline Public Schools, Burien, Wash.       
  • Central Office/Principal Award: (for any female central-office or building-level leader): Shelly Reggiani, executive director, equity and instructional services, North Clackamas Schools, Milwaukie, Ore.  
  • School-Based Award: (awarded to a female classroom teacher or school-based specialist): Lesley Bruinton, public relations coordinator, Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa, Ala.  

“Horace Mann is proud to team up with the AASA in sponsoring the Women in Leadership Award. This award complements the AASA’s effort to drive change in American education, and increase the number of women in leadership roles,” said Marita Zuraitis, president and CEO of Horace Mann. “At Horace Mann, we are committed to finding financial solutions for all educators and encouraging more women to aspire to become lead teachers, principals, administrators and superintendents, helping them with their career growth and their financial futures.”

“Honoring outstanding women in public education has been a longstanding tradition at AASA. I am so pleased to honor these individuals at our National Conference on Education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of the AASA. “Our program is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female leaders who are making a positive difference in the lives of students every day. We are grateful to Horace Mann for supporting this program.”     

The awards continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring exceptional female superintendents, district level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the 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

For more information about the program, contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA director, meetings and awards, at jrooney@aasa.org.

Regarded as the most comprehensive professional learning and networking event for school superintendents and administrators, AASA’s National Conference on Education is addressing the most critical issues affecting public education today, including equity in education, social and emotional learning, personalizing education, early learning, technology, and school safety and leadership.

For more information about the 2020 National Conference on Education, access AASA’s Conference Daily Online.


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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org