Superintendents to Watch Honorees

NSPRA recognizes as "Superintendents to Watch" those school district leaders who have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and who are using communication technology in innovative, effective ways. These superintendents demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. They engage and inform their school communities using new communication tools combined with tried-and-true techniques.

Following are past Superintendents to Watch honorees. Profiles of these top administrators were featured in NSPRA e-newsletters during the school year.

2021 Superintendents to Watch Honorees

2020 Superintendents to Watch Honorees

2018-2019 Superintendents to Watch

2017-18 Superintendents to Watch

  • Mark Bedell, Kansas City Public Schools (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Carol Birnbohm, Lenape Regional High School District (Shamong, N.J.)
  • Michael Daria, Tuscaloosa City Schools (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
  • Addison Davis, Clay County District Schools (Green Cove Springs, Fla.)
  • Nicholas Diaz, Frelinghuysen Township School District (Newton, N.J.)/Union Township Schools (Hampton, N.J.)
  • Kathleen Graupman, Greece Central School District (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Dr. Carol Hansen, Ocean View School District (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • Dr. Laurie Heinz, Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 (Park Ridge, Ill.)
  • Dr. Kathy Hinz, Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
  • Dr. Walter Jackson, Brenham ISD (Brenham, Texas)
  • Mark Johnston, Shenandoah County Public Schools (Woodstock, Va.)
  • Donna Lewis, Creighton Elementary School District (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Jason Manuel, Germantown Municipal School District (Germantown, Tenn.)
  • Mark Miear, Montgomery County Public Schools (Christiansburg, Va.)
  • Dr. Roosevelt Nivens, Community Independent School District (Nevada, Texas)
  • Raymond Sanchez, Ossining Union Free School District (Ossining, N.Y.)
  • Amy Slavensky, Amador County Public Schools (Jackson, Calif.)
  • Jennifer Spring, Cohoes City School District (Cohoes, N.Y.)
  • Jeanice Swift, Ann Arbor Public Schools (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Dr. Daniel Woestman, Belvidere School District (Belvidere, Ill.)

2015-2016 Superintendents to Watch

  • Dr. Nick Brake, Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro, KY
  • Mrs. Jennifer Brown, Cadillac Area Public Schools, Cadillac, MI
  • Amy Bryan, Butler County School System, Greenville, AL
  • Dr. Shari L. Camhi, Baldwin School District, Baldwin, NY
  • PJ Caposey, Meridian CUSD 223, Oregon, IL
  • Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Public Schools, Towson, MD
  • Mark Duerwaechter, Kaukauna Area School District, Kaukauna, WI
  • Dr. Richard F. Dunlap, Upper Darby School District, Drexel Hill, PA
  • Dr. Tahira Dupree Chase, Greenburgh Central School District, Hartsdale, NY
  • Steven Estepp, Mariemont City School District, Cincinnati, OH
  • Kathy Greenich, Knox County Career Center, Mount Vernon, OH
  • Dr. Steven K. Hirase, Murray City School District, Murray, UT
  • Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Public School District #205, Rockford, IL
  • James F. Lane, Goochland County Public Schools, West Goochland, VA
  • Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Deerfield Public Schools District, 109 Deerfield, IL
  • Dr. Richard Machesky, Troy School District, Troy, MI
  • Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, Reading School District, Reading, PA
  • Dr. Sheila Phillips, Vestavia Hills City Schools, Vestavia Hills, AL
  • Dr. H.T. Sanchez, Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, AZ
  • Richard T. Sniscak, Parkland School District, Allentown, PA
  • David Stegall, Newton-Conover City Schools, Newton, NC
  • Dr. Jim Sutfin, Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE
  • Dr. Mario Ventura, Isaac School District No. 5, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dr. Jamie Wilson, Denton Independent School District, Denton, TX