2021 President-elect Candidates

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Meet Candidates for the President-elect   

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Shari L. Camhi Theron Schutte Rodney Shotwell
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 About Shari L. Camhi

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 Dr. Shari L. Camhi is the Superintendent of Schools of the Baldwin School District, where she has successfully encouraged innovation and creativity in K-12 education. She possesses over 30 years of experience working in school districts in New York State and consulting in rural, suburban and urban schools across the country. She has not followed the conventional path in education, having worked in private industry as a manager of training and development in the field of technology, a visiting "expert" in educational technology overseas, adjunct professor, technology director, assistant superintendent, and currently, superintendent of schools. Since joining Baldwin School District, located in a middle-class community on Long Island, the graduation rate has climbed to 98%, ranking the high school for the first time among U.S. News & World Report’s annual list Best High Schools and achieving “New York State Recognition School” by the State Education Department for the past two years.

Dr. Camhi has overseen the creation of seven profession-based academies in the Baldwin School District, where rigorous courses intersect with opportunities to work with industry partners through internships and shadow days and knowledge gets tested through local, regional and national competitions. She has worked with her teaching and administrative staff to redesign classrooms to mirror learning spaces to those seen in industry, foster entrepreneurial thinking and collaboration, and develop learning opportunities as collaborative and inquiry-based in all schools, K-12.

Additionally, Dr. Camhi is a member of the Governing Board of AASA, a member of the American Association of Community College’s Commission for College Readiness and chair of the Educational Telecommunications Service Committee for the public television station, WLIW. She serves on the co-chair for the Superintendent/College Presidents Partnership for the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) and has been an active participant in the Long Island Consortium for Excellence and Equity (LICEE), which partners with the University of Pennsylvania to advocate for practices that provide equity for all learners.

As a result of her innovative spirit, she has hosted visitors from across the nation and spearheaded the Redefining Ready New York initiative, capturing the attention of educators across the state. She was also one of 20 school superintendents invited to join the Successful Practices Network (SPN) Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network. She continues to develop partnerships with other innovators, including Google and Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Camhi proud to have been  named a Leader to Learn From by Education Week and a a recipient of the ISTE Sylvia Charp Award for district innovation in technology. She has been recognized as a “New Superintendent to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), selected among only 25 nationwide for her efforts in technology and communication. Education Dive named Dr. Camhi as one of five “Administrators to Watch.” In addition, she has been honored locally, most recently with the “Trailblazer of the New Millennium” Award by the Nassau County Legislature and the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award.

She has presented at  national conferences, including for the AACC, NYSCOSS, and AASA, and published numerous articles on technology, leadership and innovation practices in education. Most recently, she penned Op-Eds for Newsday and Education Dive, and the New York State Council of School Superintendents featured her article “Redefining Ready: New York Style” in their newsletter.  

Dr. Camhi received her doctorate from Teacher's College, Columbia University and two masters—one from Long Island University and another from Adelphi University. She attained her AASA National Superintendent Certification in 2017. She is most proud of her work as an educational innovator. Her heart lies with all children, ensuring their experiences in school are innovative, engaging and preparing them for their future.

 Statement  

Why are you seeking election to the office of AASA president-elect?  

I cannot think of a more honorable legacy than to represent superintendents around the country as their next AASA president-elect. I have tremendous admiration and respect for the work, character and resilience of education leaders.

My entire professional life has been dedicated to understanding what it means to ensure learning is relevant and meaningful for all students. I pride myself in being an advocate for all, no matter where they call home. Should I be fortunate enough to be the next AASA president-elect, it would be my honor to represent and support superintendents in their leadership and advocacy for future learners and innovators.

If elected, what would be your #1 priority? 

The digital divide has been magnified during this pandemic. It is a travesty that in the richest country in the world, there are children without access to technology and the Internet. As president-elect, my first priority would be to rally the richest technology and communications companies and our national leaders, to provide equitable access to all children in our country.

 

 About Theron Schutte

VIDEO-TheronTheron has served as a teacher, coach, teacher-leader, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent in Iowa throughout his thirty-six-year career as an educator. For the past sixteen years he has served as superintendent of the Boone Community School District (Boone, IA.), Bettendorf Community School District (Bettendorf, Iowa) and since July 2016 the Marshalltown School District (Marshalltown, IA.) from which he was a 1981 high school graduate. Theron has been honored as Iowa Middle Level Educator of the Year, received the High Performer Award from Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), is past president of the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI), and has served non-consecutive terms on the Executive and Governing Boards of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) for the past twelve years. He received his PhD in Educational Administration from Iowa State University in 2003, and published the results of his dissertation research in the Journal of School Leadership, which is a top-tier journal of the field of educational administration. Theron was recognized with the Iowa State University (ISU) Educational Administration Jordan Larson Outstanding Graduate Award in 2004 and was recently recognized in 2019 with the ISU Department of Human Sciences Alumni Achievement Award. Theron and his wife Conny have two grown daughters and three grandsons with a fourth grandchild on the way in 2021.

  Statement

  Why are you seeking election as AASA president-elect?    

I’ve been blessed to have been selected by peers to represent them in various leadership positions at the local, state and national level, throughout my career. I’ve had the honor and pleasure of experiencing and understanding the realities and challenges of working within rural, urban, and suburban school districts and communities.  I have always prioritized decision making by seeking and supporting actions that make organizations more effective and efficient while keeping STUDENTS FIRST. I am a passionate advocate for equitable public education and would be honored to represent my superintendent colleagues as their AASA president-elect.    

If nominated and elected, what will be your No. 1 priority?     

AASA membership provides opportunity to build professional relationships while further developing leadership skills and capacity. I will advocate greater effort be made to ensure AASA’s resources and services are the highest quality possible for members to see value gained through the development and support of their leadership skills and capacity.

 

 About Rodney Shotwell

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 Dr. Rodney Shotwell oversees all aspects of the Rockingham County Schools district, which includes 11,400 students, approximately 2,000 employees and a budget of roughly $130 million. He joined RCS in 2006 as Superintendent of Schools.

He began his career in education as a high school History and Economics teacher and coach in the Alamance Burlington School System. After five years in the classroom, he became a NC Principal Fellows and obtained his master’s degree in School Administration.  Shotwell has served as an assistant principal in Orange County, a high school principal in Lexington City Schools and Superintendent of Schools in Macon County before heading back to the triad in 2006.  Additionally, Shotwell has taught Master’s level courses and Doctoral level in School Finance at Western Carolina University and UNCG. 

A native of Graham, NC, Shotwell graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and earned his master’s degree in school administration and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Since coming to Rockingham County, Dr. Shotwell has continuously led Rockingham County Schools in increasing test scores, implementing 21st Century Technology, increasing teacher retention, decreasing the drop-out rate, and increased the graduation rate by 25.2 points.  He is an inspirational leader who leads by example, possessing a vision of high performance for all Rockingham County schools. He has a profound passion for the cultural arts, health, athletic and vocational programs - ultimately finding what drives each student to love learning.  He was named the 2012 North Carolina Honor Administrator of the Year by the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the 2012 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina School Community Health Alliance.  In 2015 he was named the 2015 A. Craig Phillips NC Superintendent of the Year. NCASA named him the 2016 Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award for state-wide leadership in service in public education.

 
Dr. Shotwell stands out for his passion for student success, his commitment to “do whatever it takes to insure student achievement”, his great sense of humor and especially his outstanding interpersonal relationships with staff, students, and parents.

Shotwell and his wife, Kim, an Instructional Coach at Bethany Elementary, have two children, Evan, a 8th grader, and Josh a 4th grader. 
 

   Statement

Why are you seeking election to the office of AASA president-elect?

Servant leadership has guided my professional career to focus on uplifting underserved students. The pandemic has emphasized the inequities our students face daily, including the lack of broadband access, inadequate nutrition at home, and social emotional struggles. Having been a low-income student supported by a single mother myself, I believe we must leverage public school leadership to overcome these barriers as we educate our students this year and the years to come. The AASA president should lead the charge to give a voice to all students across the nation. It would be my distinct honor to embrace this important mission.    

If elected, what will be your #1 priority?

The pandemic has emphasized how students without broadband access are drastically disadvantaged in remote instruction. My top priority as AASA president would be advocating for federal, state, and local governments to enhance and expand reliable and affordable internet access to all students, rural and urban.