AASA Honors Veteran Educators for Distinguished Service at National Conference on Education


James Minichello
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New Orleans – March 3, 2017 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, honored four outstanding educators today, including the immediate past president of the association, with Distinguished Service Awards. A ceremony to recognize these individuals was held at AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans, La.  

These educational leaders are recognized by AASA for bringing honor to themselves, their colleagues and their profession; rendering exemplary service to their state or national professional association; and contributing to the education field through writing, public advocacy or other activities.

The 2017 recipients are:

Robert Mills / Retired Director General, Lester B. Pearson School Board, Dorval, Quebec Canada
Before taking on the role of assistant director general at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in 2001, Robert Mills was a teacher, department head and senior administrator with the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. He also led the Educational Services Department at Lester B. Pearson. In 2012, the Canadian Association of School System Administrators named Mills the “Superintendent of the Year” for all of Canada. He was also a recipient of the Xerox Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.
Harry Rossi / Retired Superintendent, District 30 Glenview, Ill.
Harry Rossi is the co-director of FED ED, a consortium that addresses federal education issues that impact suburban school districts in Illinois. He is the retired superintendent of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30. During his extensive administrative career, he has served in all building-level administrative positions and many central-office positions. Rossi is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches educational leadership as well as conducts practicum and internship programs. Additionally, he serves on two university boards as well as several state and national boards. He has presented and published at the state, national and international levels.  
David R. Schuler / AASA Immediate Past President, Superintendent, Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights, Ill.  
David  Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent of the second-largest high school district in Illinois, is passionate about preparing students to be college, career and life ready. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national campaign that introduces multiple research-based metrics to demonstrate post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015–16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

James F. Shoemake / Retired Superintendent, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, Wash.
James Shoemake began his career in education in 1965 as a math teacher. Having gained experience in almost every area of school administration, Shoemake took his first superintendency in Haysville, a suburb of Wichita, Kan. He became active in the community, restored the integrity of the office, and was able to make positive changes in the system. While in the superintendency, he was selected by AASA to be part of a study group to learn about education in the then-Soviet Union. In 2006, Shoemake retired from the superintendency in Tacoma, Wash.
For more information about AASA’s National Conference on Education, click here.


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.