Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson named one of four finalists for national Superintendent of the Year award

Superintendent Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools has been selected as one of four finalists for the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year award presented by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. (Courtesy of Fort Wayne Community Schools)

Superintendent Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools has been selected as one of four finalists for the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year award presented by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. (Courtesy of Fort Wayne Community Schools)

Superintendent Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools has been named one of four finalists for the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year award presented by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

The award winner will be announced at the AASA’s national conference on education Feb. 15-17 in Nashville, Tenn., the organization said in a news release.

The other finalists lead school districts in Cerritos, Calif., Arlington Heights, Ill., and Maryville, Tenn., the news release said.

“The superintendents we are honoring represent the face of public education,” Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, said in the news release. “This program celebrates the accomplishments by the education thought leaders we’re honoring. We also celebrate the tremendous strides public education is making in our communities.”

The National Superintendent of the Year program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession, the news release said. Award evaluation criteria are:

• Leadership for learning: Taking a creative approach to meeting the needs of students in the school system.

• Communication: Exhibiting strength in both personal and organizational communications.

• Professionalism: Working constantly to improve administrative knowledge and skills while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.

• Community involvement: Participating actively in local community activities and having an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

The National Superintendent of the Year award includes the donation of a $10,000 college scholarship in the name of the award winner, which will be given to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated or in the high school now serving the same area, the news release said.

Robinson graduated from the former Central High School, which since was closed. The area served by Central High now is served by all of FWCS’ high schools, so school district officials would have to decide how the scholarship will be awarded if Robinson receives the national award, said Krista Stockman, FWCS public information officer.

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