School District Leaders Earn National Superintendent Certification


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – August 2, 2016 – Excellence in our nation’s public school leadership continues to move forward as AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the most recent class of superintendents to earn National Superintendent Certification.

AASA, founded in 1865, is the premier organization for our nation’s superintendents serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States. Twenty superintendents are among the newest class of educators to complete the certification process and will be honored for the accomplishment during AASA’s National Conference on Education, March 2-4, 2017, in New Orleans, La.   

“These superintendents have completed 18 months of intensive learning with their peers and I applaud their dedication to the work they do,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “The current graduates are part of the next generation of school system leaders who will prepare our young people for success.”

Launched in 2013, the National Superintendent Certification process is spread over 18 months and is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job five years or fewer. The forums, seminars and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real life situations. These issues include:

  • Providing world-class instructional leadership,
  • Building and managing a district budget,
  • Mastering effective communication and political skills,
  • Using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management,
  • Managing superintendent/school board relations, and
  • Designing a career path for oneself.

The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates, the National School Boards Association, and business and corporate leaders. The master teachers and guest instructors have all been sitting superintendents and have track records of demonstrable success.

For more information about AASA’s National Superintendent Certification program, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services and awards, at or visit the AASA website.

The current group of superintendents to complete the National Superintendent Certification program includes:   

  • Michael Almeida, Coventry Public Schools, Rumford, R.I.
  • William Burke, Spring Hill Unified School District, Spring Hill, Kan.
  • Brian Creasman, Fleming County Schools, Flemingsburg, Ky.
  • Edward Drapp, Regional School District No. 6, Litchfield, Conn.
  • Glenn Faircloth, Lorain County JVS, Elyria, Ohio
  • Alicia Henderson, Bellevue Union School District, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • Philip Hickman, Columbus Municipal School District, Columbus, Miss.
  • R. Scott Jeffrey, Lakeland School District, Scott Township, Pa.
  • James McKay, Community High School District 117, Lake Villa, Ill.
  • Susie Meade, Winterset Community School District, Winterset, Iowa
  • Jarod Mendenhall, Broken Arrow Public Schools, Broken Arrow, Okla.
  • Earl Metzler, SAU 55, Timberlane Regional School District, East Hampstead, N.H.
  • Tom Muzzey, Orchard Farm School District, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Miguel Perez, Jim Hogg County Independent School District, Hebbronville, Texas
  • Danielle Root, Hot Springs School District, Hot Springs, S.D.
  • Patricia Sheffer, Union County Public Schools, Morganfield, Ky.
  • Curtiss Strietelmeier, Metropolitan School District of New Durham Township, Valparaiso, Ind.
  • Rodney Watson, Spring Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Sonya Whitaker, Fairmont School District, Lockport, Ill.
  • Andrew Wise, Olympia CUSD #16, Stanford, Ill.


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