AASA Names 2022 Women in School Leadership Award Finalists


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 30, 2021 –AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the finalists for the organization’s 2022 Women in School Leadership Awards. The awards, sponsored by Horace Mann and AASA, pay tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.

“Horace Mann supports AASA’s efforts to increase the number of women in educational leadership roles,” said Horace Mann president and CEO, Marita Zuraitis. “A critical component of this initiative is increasing visibility of the exceptional women leaders who are driving positive change in our schools. As a company dedicated to serving educators and committed to fostering an inclusive culture, Horace Mann is proud to honor these remarkable leaders. Congratulations to our finalists.”

“A bold initiative that is imperative in public education is recognizing exceptional leadership from the scores of outstanding women who are creating positive learning solutions on behalf of the students they serve in their respective communities,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “It has been a longstanding tradition of AASA to honor female leaders whose work is exemplary. We are grateful to Horace Mann for supporting this program.”  

The finalists are as follows:

The Central Office/Principal Award – awarded to any female central office or building-level leader
• Zabrina Cannady, assistant superintendent for student services, Houston County School District, Perry, Ga.
• Susan Field, assistant superintendent for learning services, Academy District 20, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Superintendent Award – awarded to any female superintendent
• Sharon Contreras, superintendent, Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, N.C.
• Avis Williams, superintendent, Selma City Schools, Selma, Ala.

Candidates are judged 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. 17-19, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. For more information on the Women in School Leadership Awards, please visit the AASA website or contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA director, meetings and awards, at jrooney@aasa.org.


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.