National Superintendent of the Year

on Friday, April 14, 2017 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

Matt Utterback, Superintendent of North Clackamas Schools was recently named the 2017 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. The March 2nd announcement came in New Orleans at the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

"It's an incredible honor to represent our school district in the state of Oregon at the national level," said Utterback. "The Superintendent of the Year has an opportunity to share stories, to share learning and to share the good work that is happening in public schools across our country."

(Photo courtesy of American Association of School Administrators)

Utterback has nearly 30 distinguished years in public education, the past four years as superintendent of the North Clackamas School District. A suburban school district serving more than 17,000 students on 32 school campuses, North Clackamas Schools is continually recognized as an innovative leader in the state of Oregon and an example of what is right with public education.

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors international school superintendents. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

In addition to his educational expertise, Matt is a committed Christian leader who has worked hard to build partnerships with members of the local faith community. His connection with All One North Clackamas, a coalition of pastors, non-profit leaders, and social service agencies, has been instrumental in addressing pressing local needs for students and their families.

We congratulate Matt on this distinguished honor and applaud his efforts to raise both the educational effectiveness and social awareness of his district.

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