Recognize an exceptional female administrator in your school system!

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AASA Women in School Leadership Award, sponsored by Farmers Insurance and AASA, pays tribute to the talent, creativity, and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.



Nominate a female superintendent, assistant superintendent, aspiring superintendent, central-office director, school principal or other school system leader for the AASA Women in School Leadership Award

Nominations and applications ended August 1, 2014.


Any female superintendent, assistant superintendent, aspiring superintendent, central office director, school principal or other school system leader in the United States who plans to continue in the profession may apply.

Award Criteria
Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

• Leadership for Learning
• Communication
• Professionalism
• Community Involvement

2014 Winners


Karen Woodward, 
superintendent in Lexington County, S.C


Linda Carrillo,
principal of PSJA North High School in Pharr, Texas

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2013 Winners

Ann Clark
Ann Blakeney Clark
Deputy Superintendent
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools

Harriet MacLean
Harriet R. MacLean
James B. Davidson Middle School in San Rafael, Calif.


2012 Winners



Marilyn Shepherd
Monterey Peninsula
Unified School District

Lisa Gonzales
Coordinator of
Curriculum and Instruction
Santa Clara County
Office of Education

2011 Winner



Valerie Truesdale, Superintendent, Beaufort County Public Schools, S.C. is the first recipient of the AASA Women in School Leadership Award.

For more information, contact Paula Dearden at 703-875-0717 or at