Nation’s Second Class of Educators Honored for Completing AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy® at National Conference on Education



James Minichello
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Los Angeles -- Feb. 15, 2019 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the 2019 class of superintendents and other administrators to graduate from its Aspiring Superintendents Academy®. The outstanding educators were honored at the organization’s National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, Calif.

The conference is also serving as a platform to highlight AASA’s Leaders Matter campaign, an initiative to showcase school districts where the exemplary leadership of the superintendent has resulted in meaningful outcomes for schools and students.  

This group of aspiring superintendents completed 10 months of intensive coursework on leadership topics such as Leading with a Vision for Excellence, Effective Community and Stakeholder Communications and Engagement, and Working Effectively with the School Board. Participants also completed a capstone project on school leadership.

“We are honored to congratulate the graduates of our Aspiring Superintendents Academy®, a program that provides leadership training and development to mold education leaders who aspire to reach the superintendency,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “Our program provides the real-world skills the next generation of superintendents will need to thrive.”   

The AASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy cohort graduates were: 

  • Mack Bullard, director of strategic talent management, Griffin-Spalding County School System, Griffin, Ga..
  • John DiPaula, principal, Hammond High School, Howard County Public Schools, Ellicott City, Md.  
  • Andrea Hensley, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Cleburne Independent School District, Cleburne, Texas
  • Benjamin Hodge, assistant superintendent, Avon Local School District, Avon, Ohio
  • Dawn Linden, executive director of elementary education, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Emily Lipe, superintendent, Davidson County Schools, Lexington, N.C.
  • Kelly Murray, assistant director of teaching and learning, Radnor Township School District, Wayne, Pa.
  • Pierrette Peters, principal, Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Va.
  • Tina Plummer, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, Pattonville School District, St. Ann, Mo.
  • Daniel Powell, assistant superintendent, North Pocono School District, Moscow, Pa.  
  • Marc Schaffer, superintendent, Thompson School District, Loveland, Colo.
  • Billy Snow, superintendent, Cedar Hill Independent School District, Cedar Hill, Texas
  • Donna Thomas, assistant superintendent of human resources, Hoke County Schools, Raeford, N.C.

This program focuses on developing a professional practice grounded in evidence-based knowledge, skills and dispositions, resulting in certification and transition for participants into their first position as a superintendent.

For more information about AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy®, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at 

For more information about the 2019 National Conference on Education, access AASA’s Conference Daily Online.


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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit