South Carolina, Texas Educators Receive 2014 AASA Women in School Leadership Awards



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KarenWoodwardNashville, Tenn. – Feb. 14, 2014 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2014 AASA Women in School Leadership Award. The outstanding educators honored today are Karen C. Woodward, superintendent, Lexington County, School District One, Lexington, S.C., and Linda Carrillo, principal, PSJA North High School, Pharr, Texas. 

The award, sponsored by Farmers Insurance and AASA, was presented at the AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn. Each honoree will receive a $1,000 check and a one-year membership to AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

“We are excited about bolstering today’s education space, which is why we are so pleased to honor the outstanding women in this field,” said Randy Rice, national manager, Education Programs, Farmers Insurance. “Congratulations to Superintendent Woodward and Principal Carrillo for receiving this award. As we increase the number of women in educational leadership roles, the better off America’s education agenda will be.”

The Women in School Leadership Award recognizes the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. The award pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.

Two-women“It is an honor for AASA to recognize the exemplary leadership by women educators in this country,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We’re grateful to Farmers Insurance for supporting this important program and supporting the many contributions made by these extraordinary women. Thank you, Superintendent Woodward and Principal Carrillo for making a positive difference in public education.”

The award is given in two separate categories: the superintendent/assistant superintendent category and the central-office administrator/principal category. The criteria include demonstration of strength in both personal and organizational communication, professionalism and community involvement.

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.

The National Selection Committee, comprised of educators, business leaders and government officials selected Woodward and Carrillo from four national finalists. The other national finalists were:


About Farmers Insurance
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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.