Recognize an exceptional female administrator in your school system!


AASA Women in School Leadership Award pays tribute to the talent, creativity, and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. Visit to submit a nomination for this award. 

Award Criteria

Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

• Leadership for Learning
• Communication
• Professionalism
• Community Involvement

2015 Winners

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MaryEllen Elia

Florida, Oregon Educators Receive Women in School Leadership Award

The two 2015 AASA Women in School Leadership Awards are MaryEllen Elia, superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, and Michelle Zundel, principal of Ashland High School in the Ashland School District in Ashland, Ore.

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Michelle Zundel

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 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 Bernadine Futrell - Director, Awards and Collaborations at