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From left, Northern Regional winner – Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Chief Education Officer, Ridgewood Public Schools;
Southern Regional winner – Dr. Albert K. Brown, Shared Chief Education Officer, Stratford School District and Laurel Springs School District; and Central Regional winner – Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Chief Education Officer, Burlington Township School District
Trenton, New Jersey, October 5, 2012 ... The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) has selected three regional 2013 Superintendents of the Year. They are: Central Regional winner – Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Chief Education Officer, Burlington Township School District; Northern Regional winner – Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Chief Education Officer, Ridgewood Public Schools; and Southern Regional winner – Dr. Albert K. Brown, Shared Chief Education Officer, Stratford School District and Laurel Springs School District.
NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza said, “All three regional superintendents are remarkable educational leaders with vision, imagination, and compassion for the students they serve. Their accomplishments exemplify what every chief education officer should achieve.”
Central Regional winner Manno is a dedicated, hard-working professional who continually strives to improve the quality of education for all students. A prolific writer and noted author of curriculum-related materials, he believes an educator should never leave the classroom. At the local level, Manno is an active Burlington Rotarian and is the project chair for the Rotary Start Kids Smart Program, which each year provides backpacks and school supplies to children of needy families in Burlington Township and Burlington City. Currently, he is the President of the Burlington County Association of School Administrators.
Northern Regional winner Fishbein is highly respected in the state and local educational communities, as well as the New Jersey Legislature. An effective spokesperson with nearly 20 years experience as a school administrator, he assumed the helm of the Ridgewood Public Schools in 2008. He has been actively involved in leadership positions of the Garden State Coalition of Schools and the Essex County Superintendents’ Association. Fishbein is the 2012-2013 President of the Bergen County Association of School Administrators (BCASA) and has served as President-elect and Vice President of the BCASA.
Southern Regional winner Brown, a member of NJASA since 1996, began his professional career as teacher of Mathematics in the Egg Harbor Township High School. During his career that spans 25 plus years, he has served as superintendent of three districts in South Jersey. Brown was among the first to serve as superintendent in two contiguous school districts, balancing his time in support of both communities. His educational diplomacy managed to yield a positive outcome for both districts. He also climbed the leadership ladder of the Camden County Association of School Administrators and served as its President in 2007-2008.
Each regional winner was judged on the following qualifications: 1) minimum of five years experience as a chief education officer; 2) record of service within their respective county affiliate and NJASA; and 3) distinguished record as an educator.
This is the fifth year of NJASA’s new selection process to choose three regional - Southern, Central and Northern - Superintendents of the Year winners.
The next step in the process for the three regional winners will be the selection of a New Jersey candidate to participate in the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Award. A committee of NJASA Past Presidents will select the 2013 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. The program, established in 1988 and sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING Foundation, and AASA, is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas.
The selection qualifications for the State and National Superintendent of the Year include: meeting the needs of their students, demonstrated communication strength, a commitment to professional development and growth, and significant community involvement. Additionally, at the state and regional levels, NJASA has a fifth qualification that addresses service to the Association.
AASA will announce the National Superintendent of the Year at its Annual Conference on Education in February 2013. The recipient of this prestigious honor will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student at the high school where the superintendent graduated.
The New Jersey Association of School Administrators is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children.
Education Brief Videos Explain Budget Considerations
What schools can offer to students is directly affected by budget. Due to the complexity of the school budget cuts and the effects that will be felt in schools across the state, the NJASA has released a series of videos to help parents and taxpayers better understand the issues, and the potential aftermath of the events and changes. Each video can be accessed on a special NJASA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/TheNJASA or by clicking on the YouTube icon on the NJASA website, www.njasa.net.