Alberto Carvalho Named 2014 AASA National Superintendent of the Year



James Minichello
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Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 13, 2014 – Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has been named the 2014 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Today’s announcement came at the opening ceremony of the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. 

Now in its 27th year, the National Superintendent of the Year program, co-sponsored by AASA, Aramark Education and VALIC, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.

“On behalf of public education throughout this country, I congratulate Superintendent Carvalho for being named the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “As the winner of the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education, Miami-Dade Schools is a model district that resembles a high-quality learning environment for America’s fourth-largest school system. It will be an honor to have Superintendent Carvalho serving as our nation’s ambassador for public education this year.”

Carvalho is a nationally recognized expert on school reform and finance who successfully transformed his district’s business operations and financial systems with the implementation of a streamlined Strategic Framework, aligning resources to classroom priorities resulting in dramatic increases in reserves, bond ratings and student achievement. A versatile leader, Carvalho is the self-appointed principal of two award-winning schools—the Primary Learning Center and the iPrep Academy, and serves as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors Canadian and International School superintendents. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

“Aramark Education is proud to congratulate Alberto Carvalho, the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year,” said John Kandemir, vice president of marketing and strategic development, Aramark Education.

We are honored to recognize an individual whose distinguished career has centered around a steadfast commitment to improving teaching and learning in our classrooms. We also thank all of our superintendents who work tirelessly every day to foster meaningful educational experiences for students across this country.”

“As a proud sponsor of the 2014 AASA National Superintendent of the Year Award, VALIC extends its sincere congratulations to Alberto Carvalho for the remarkable contributions he has made to students, staff and the community of Miami-Dade Public Schools,” said John Kevin, vice president, K-12 Markets, VALIC. “As schools across the country meet the critical challenges facing them, our school system leaders will have the benefit of learning from Alberto, the other three finalists for National Superintendent of the Year, as well as our State Superintendents of the Year.”

A national blue ribbon panel of educators, business leaders and government officials selected Carvalho from four national finalists. The other national finalists were:

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of Alberto Carvalho to a student attending the high school from which the superintendent graduated or a student attending a high school in Miami-Dade Schools.

Click here to access a list of the 2014 AASA State Superintendents of the Year.


About Aramark Education
To help support the K-12 educational mission, Aramark Education provides a complete range of food, facility, uniform and other support services to more than 500 school districts in the U.S. Aramark Education offers public and private education institutions a family of dining and facility services including: on-site and off-site breakfast and lunch meal programs; after-school and summer meals; catering; nutrition education; retail design and operations; maintenance, custodial, grounds, energy management, construction management, and building commissioning. For more information on Aramark’s K-12 food and facility services programs, please visit

For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and school districts, as well as for higher education, healthcare, government and other not-for-profit institutions. As of August 30, 2013, VALIC has more than $79 billion in total assets under management and manages plans for nearly 25,000 groups serving nearly 2 million plan participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. For more information on VALIC, please visit

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 Follow AASA on Twitter at or on Facebook at Information on AASA Children's Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.