Congratulations to National Superintendent of the Year, Clarke County's Philip Lanoue

Congratulations to the new National Superintendent of the Year -- Clarke County’s Philip Lanoue.

Here is his official bio: Prior to serving as superintendent of the Clarke County School District, he was area assistant superintendent for Cobb. He oversaw all elementary and middle schools making AYP, as well as a variety of honors for schools throughout Area 1.

Clarke County School District leader Philip Lanoue is National Superintendent of the Year.

Prior to Cobb, Lanoue served as principal for 18 years in four high schools in Massachusetts and Vermont, his home state. While leading Weston High School, it was ranked the 36th best high school in America by Newsweek, as well as the top public high school in Massachusetts. Lanoue’s subject specialty is biology, and he began his educational career as a science teacher.

Lanoue has received a variety of accolades during his distinguished career. Among these are him being named as one of the Top 50 Technological Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education and Converge, Boston Northwest Principal of the Year, National Association of Secondary School Principals Vermont Principal of the Year and Hockey Coach of the Year. He also served on the advisory board for the Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he oversaw leadership interns from a variety of Ivy League universities.

Lanoue received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University, M.Ed. in Administration and Planning from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Vermont.

He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in the Educational Administration and Policy program in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy. He resides in Athens with his wife, Vickie. Lanoue is the proud father of two daughters, Jaime and Joslyn, who live in the New England area.

Here is the official release on his latest honor:

Philip Lanoue, superintendent of the  Clarke County School District  in Athens, Ga., has been named the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Today’s announcement came at the  National Conference on Education , hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, during the premier event of the organization’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Now in its 28th year, the National Superintendent of the Year program, co-sponsored by AASA, Aramark and VALIC, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.

“To be recognized by your peers is something I honor but more importantly, it’s great recognition for the work being done in our community,” said Lanoue during an interview with AASA last month. “This recognition for me is really a recognition for our district, teachers, school leaders, parents, students and all of our community constituencies who have faith in the work we’re doing.”

Under Lanoue’s leadership, the Clarke County School District has been honored as a Title I Distinguished District for being Georgia’s No. 1 large district in closing the achievement gap.

The district has received numerous state recognitions as a model technology school district, Georgia’s No. 1 Career Academy and the state’s top award for exceptional Response to Intervention practices.

“As we pay tribute to public education at AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration, it’s an honor to congratulate Superintendent Lanoue as our 2015 National Superintendent of the Year,” said Jeff Gilliam, president, Aramark K-12 Education. “We also congratulate the three other finalists as well as all of our State Superintendents of the Year. In their tireless efforts to provide a quality education for students in their respective communities, the individuals we are recognizing today are champions of children. We are proud to be a founding sponsor of AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program and support those who enrich and nourish the lives of children each and every day.”

“At a time when our school systems are making tremendous efforts to build successful models of positive learning environments for children, VALIC is honored to be part of this important program as we congratulate Superintendent Lanoue as the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year,” said Glenn Harris, executive vice president, group management and national markets, VALIC. “The demands on our superintendents today have never been greater. As we celebrate AASA’s 150th anniversary, it’s only fitting that we honor our National Superintendent of the Year, our three other finalists and all of the State Superintendents of the Year.”

The other National Superintendent of the Year finalists were:

MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Fla.

Patrick Murphy, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Va.

Patrice Pujol, Ascension Public Schools, Donaldsonville, La.

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Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.