Through the best and the worst of times, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) Superintendent of Schools Donna Peterson has become known for her energy of excellence as a teacher, administrator, author, Mom, and District head. Peterson now will take her enthusiasm to a national level as Alaska's Superintendent of the Year.
A School Board member nominated her for the title and after a lengthy application process the Alaska Association of School Administrators selected her for the honor earlier this month. Peterson will now represent Alaska at the American Association of School Administrators conference in New Orleans in February, where a national Superintendent of the Year will be selected. "I am very excited about the award.
The last Superintendent of the Year from the Kenai Peninsula was Fred Pomeroy, so I'm in good company there, but this is really an award for the work of our entire district" said Peterson. "They asked some questions that I thought were phenomenal like, with this terrorism change on the national level how has your leadership changed? There were things that really caused you to think, and after the announcement was made down in Valdez, I suggested that we take a half a day with all the superintendents and go through this process because I would love to hear what others thought on these issues. It was a great reflective process at three o'clock in the morning when I found time to do it," added Peterson.
The popular Superintendent is also excited about the opportunity that the award will give her to educate the rest of the state as to the difficult issues, such as funding, that the KPBSD has been facing for several years. Peterson's nomination for the award was supported by community leaders as well as parents who composed a poem on her behalf, "I'm sure that's what did it, they were shocked that somebody did something so creatively different," laughed Peterson. The national Superintendent of the Year was in Alaska recently and Peterson had a chance to meet with her and was very impressed with the opportunity that receiving the award is offering for her to learn and glean ideas from the nations best people.
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