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National superintendent of year named

Feb 21, 2013


News-Register Staff

National superintendent named

By STARLA POINTER

Of the News-Register

Mark Edwards of North Carolina's Mooresville Graded School District, where schools are using iPads with every student to improve learning, was named national superintendent of the year today at the American Association of School Administrators’ conference in Los Angeles. 

McMinnville Superintendent Maryalice Russell also was among the four finanlists who were honored at the event. The other finalists were  Wanda Cook-Robinson of Southfield, Mich., where her district works alongside the auto industry to shape programs for K-12;  and C.J. Huff of Joplin, Mo., where both the city and the school district is rebuilding after a devastating tornado.

Russell, the current Oregon superintendent of the year, made a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C., in January to be interviewed along with the other finalists. They also took part in a joint press conference about school safety, current educational practices and other issues.

During individual interivews, she was asked about the federal Race to the Top program and issues facing education in general. She told the judges about some of the things McMinnville schools are doing to improve student learning, such as college preparedness and courses in which high school students can earn college credit, thereby getting an early start on higher education.

In naming Russell one of the finalists for the national title, AASA officials noted McMinnville's cmprehensive approach to science, technology, engineering and math education; its consistent gains in student achievement that are significantly above the state average; and school-business partnerships such as that with the Evergreen Museums.

Russell has been superintendent in McMinnville since 2002.

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