LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2017) – The National Association of School Superintendents (NASS) today announced Dr. Michelle King as its 2017 National Superintendent of the Year.
"Superintendent King has had a remarkable first year-and-a-half on the job, and the progress our students have achieved through her collaborative leadership approach is transformative,” said Board of Education President Steve Zimmer. “I am so pleased that NASS has recognized what we experience first-hand everyday: Dr. King is one of the best system leaders in our nation. We celebrate her, and we applaud NASS for their wisdom in honoring Dr. King and her amazing work."
Dr. Richard Vladovic, representing Board District 7 and a former member of NASS, made the initial recommendation of Dr. King as Superintendent of the Year.
“You would be hard pressed to find a superintendent more deserving of this honor,” he said. “Michelle King has been an educator, and a fixture of L.A. Unified at nearly all possible levels – as a student, a teacher, an administrator and now as its superintendent. She will continue to be a role model and inspiration to the hundreds of thousands of students we serve.”
NASS’ annual award recognizes exemplary leadership skills, including evidence of productive innovations, and of effective communications. Honorees also have demonstrated success with growth in student enrollment, integrity in service, models of relationship building and positive leadership with equity and social justice.
“Michelle exemplifies what it takes to be a leader,” said NASS President Tom Armelino. “She has a mindset in place to confront equity issues and the achievement gap, and has a strategy in place to do what is best for all students.”
Since stepping up to lead the nation’s second-largest school district in January 2016, Dr. King has called on communities throughout Southern California to support L.A. Unified in achieving its goal of 100 percent graduation.
She has spent time in the Los Angeles area in dialogue with students, families, educators and community members about their aspirations and concerns.
She has been a vocal champion of diversity, of continuously encouraging students to dream without limits, and of working and studying hard to achieve those dreams. During her tenure, the District has reached record-highs in graduation rates.
“I am grateful and humbled by this tremendous honor,” Dr. King said. “I strive each day to advance opportunities for every student in L.A. Unified. This recognition is a testament that our organization is moving forward on the path to success.”
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