AASA Names 2014 Women in School Leadership Award Finalists


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 8, 2013 – Education leaders from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas comprise the four finalists for the Women in School Leadership Awards, announced today by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. 

Co-sponsored by Farmers Insurance, the award is designed to recognize exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day and to pay tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. 

“This award exemplifies the fact that increasing numbers of women are strengthening public education by taking on leadership roles in schools and school districts,” said Randy Rice, national manager, Education Programs, Farmers Insurance. “By recognizing these outstanding individuals, AASA is helping to create career ladders for more women in this profession, which ultimately raises the quality of education across the country.” 

“We congratulate the talented women for reaching this important milestone in their careers and making a positive difference in their communities on behalf of the students they serve,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We’re grateful to Farmers Insurance for supporting this important program and more importantly, supporting the commitment to excellence these education leaders have made.” 

Candidates are judged based 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 finalists are attending the 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference, co-hosted by AASA and the Women Education Leaders in Virginia, on Oct. 25-26, 2013, in Alexandria, Va. The final award recipients, one each in the superintendent/assistant superintendent category and central office/principal/specialist category, will be announced during the AASA 2014 National Conference on Education, Feb. 13-15, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. 

The finalists are:

Lillie Cox, superintendent, Alamance-Burlington School System, Burlington, N.C.
Lillie Cox is a champion of children and epitomizes great leadership ability. Since she returned to Alamance-Burlington Schools as superintendent (the district’s first female head of schools) in 2011, the school system has shown marked improvement in every measure and has achieved several historic milestones because of her vision for public education and for the community. Under her direction, Alamance-Burlington became the only school district in the nation in 2013 to earn two prestigious first place awards in the National School Boards Association Magna Awards competition. In addition, students earned back-to-back historic records for annual scholarship awards, achieved the highest graduation rate in district history and recorded steady advancement on all academic measures.

Karen C. Woodward, superintendent, Lexington County, School District One, Lexington, S.C.
Karen C. Woodward demonstrates exemplary leadership for learning, personal and organizational communication strengths, stellar professionalism and dedication to serving others. As Lexington One’s visionary leader, Woodward encourages district employees to focus on preparing the next generation of leaders and global citizens. Under her guidance and vision, the schools in Lexington One provide an array of educational choices designed to prepare this new generation of leaders and global citizens.

Andrea Anthony, executive principal, Page High School, Franklin, Tenn.
Andrea Anthony was recently named the 2013-14 Tennessee Principal of the Year. When she took over the school in 2003, it was a state targeted school for low performance and low achievement. Now it’s a nationally recognized school, having been a recipient of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Award and the Tennessee Reward School Status for performing in the top 10 percent. Anthony holds two doctorate degrees, one in administration and supervision, and one in law.

Linda Carrillo, principal, PSJA North High School, Pharr, Texas
Linda Carrillo began her tenure at PSJA North High School in August. She previously served for three years as the principal at the College, Career and Technology Academy in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District in Pharr, Texas. Students who attend CCTA are between the ages of 18-26 who have not graduated or have dropped out of school. She has been instrumental in creating a college-going culture and guiding students on a clear path to college. CCTA has been recognized by the Texas Education Agency as a demonstration model for the state and residency programs are provided for both district employees and outside visitors.


About Farmers Insurance
Farmers Group Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services, an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Farmers® is the nation's third-largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group. Property and casualty products are underwritten and issued by the Farmers Exchanges and their subsidiaries, which Farmers Group Inc. manages but does not own. Headquartered in Los Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the Farmers insurers provide homeowners, auto, business, life insurance and financial services to more than 10 million households. 

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 the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.