Michelle Reid, 2021 National Superintendent Of The Year®


 Virtually – Feb. 18, 2021 Michelle Reid, superintendent of Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash., has been named the 2021 AASA National Superintendent of the Year®.


The other National Superintendent of the Year® finalists were:  

“This has been powerful affirmation of the strength of our community. It validates the work of so many,” said Reid as a 2021 National Superintendent of the Year® finalist. “Leadership is illuminated when there is no clear roadmap to a solution. The superintendency, being highlighted by AASA, illuminates the power and importance of leadership. It matters now more than ever.”

Reid says this really is a team effort and a team award, “I want to thank our community, our students, our staff, our elected board of directors, our families, and our community partners. This is really a great recognition for the Northshore School District and the community at large.” She added that she was honored to be among such an impressive cohort of finalists for the award.

Now in its 34th year, the National Superintendent of the Year® program, co-sponsored by AASA, AIG Retirement Services and First Student, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.

“Congratulations to Michelle Reid for her outstanding contributions to the Northshore School District community, especially during such challenging times,” said Rob Scheinerman, chief executive officer, AIG Retirement Services. “AIG Retirement Services is honored to support school superintendents, and we remain committed to working with teachers and school staff as they help our nation’s children learn, achieve and grow.”

“Michelle Reid demonstrates the highest professional standards when it comes to leading a school district and working to build a lasting future for students,” said Paul G. Osland, president, First Student. “She is an extraordinary superintendent, who exemplifies the important work of all superintendents to create positive pathways for students in these extraordinary times. We salute Michelle Reid and are honored to partner with AASA on this celebration of leadership in public education.”

 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 other 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; and
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the AASA National Superintendent of the Year® to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.

For more information about AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program, contact awards@aasa.org or call 703-875-0709.

View a List of Former National Superintendents of the Year


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Contact: awards@aasa.org or 703-875-0709