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The Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS), in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), annually recognizes and rewards outstanding leadership in the superintendency.  This program seeks to honor those strong Montana school district leaders who work successfully with their entire learning communities to provide the highest quality education that is possible.  

Dr. Laurie Barron, Superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools, was selected as the 2020-21 Superintendent of the Year for Montana.  The award is sponsored by the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

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Dr. Barron is in her twenty-fifth year in education, serving as a high school English teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and nine years as a middle school principal. Since 2013, she has served as the superintendent of the Evergreen School District in Kalispell. Dr. Barron holds a Bachelors degree in English Education from the University of Georgia, a Masters degree in Supervision and Administration from the University of West Georgia, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. She also studied abroad at Oxford University.

Dr. Barron earned a National Superintendent Certification through AASA, is a National Board Certified Teacher, was honored as Teacher of the Year and STAR Teacher at Newnan High School in Georgia, is the 2012 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year, and the 2013 National Middle School Principal of the Year. She is also the 2018 School Administrators of Montana G.V. Erickson Award recipient and was named the 2019 Empowered Superintendent of the Year by the Montana Educational Technologists Association (META).

Dr. Barron co-authored the following books:  What Parents Need to Know About Common Core and Other College- and Career-Ready (2015), Middle School: A Place to Belong and Become (2017), and Belonging-Centered Classroom Management: 50 Strategies that Foster Belonging and Make Classrooms Easier to Manage (Expected 2021) and has authored numerous educational articles. Dr. Barron is also a national speaker who provides motivation and professional learning to teachers and administrators through promoting student engagement and voice, shared leadership, data-driven decision making, standards-based assessment, and inclusive teaching and learning environments. Most importantly, Dr. Barron believes that building relationships with staff and students while celebrating what staff and students do right is the key to success in any school.  

The Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS), in collaboration with AASA, annually recognizes and rewards the outstanding leadership of school superintendents. This program seeks to honor those strong Montana school district leaders who work successfully with their entire learning communities to provide the highest quality education that is possible.

Now in its 34th year, the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation's public schools. This program is sponsored by First Student, VALIC, and AASA.  Dr. Barron will be honored during the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education in February 2021 and will go on to compete for the National Superintendent of the Year. 

2020 MASS Regional Superintendents of the Year

  • Western Region – Jason Sargent - St. Ignatius
  • North West Region – Dr. Laurie Barron - Evergreen
  • North Central Region – Kathleen Prody - Belt
  • North East Region – Larry Crowder - Culbertson
  • 4 Rivers Region – Theresa Keel - Gallatin Gateway
  • South Central Region – Allison Evertz - Joliet
  • Central Region – Andrew Begger – Harlowton
  • South East Region – Nate Olson - Jordan
  • Hi-Line Region – Jeremy MacDonald - Box Elder
 

Past Montana Superintendents of the Year

Jacob Block 1991   Kirk Miller 2001   Jule Walker 2011
Dennis Kraft 1992   Larry Crowder 2002   Daniel Farr 2012
Joe  McCracken 1993   Bruce Messinger 2003   Jason Butcher 2013
Dennis  Kimzey 1994   Eileen Johnson 2004   Randy Cline 2014
Ernest  Jean 1995   W. Bryan Dunn 2005   Michael Magone 2015
Harry Erickson 1996   Kurt Hilyard 2006   Corey Austin 2016
John McNeal 1997   Michael Nicosia 2007   Tobin Novasio 2017
Paula Butterfield 1998   Jerry House 2008   Tammy Lacey 2018
W. Craig Butterfield 1999   Joel Voyoski 2009   Dr. Rob Watson 2019
Conrad Erickson 2000   Darlene Schottle 2010   Les Meyer 2020

 

For more information on the awards available and the process, please contact
Director of Member Services and Professional Learning, Kimberly Scofield at [email protected] or by phone at 442-2510.