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South Lane's Parent named National Superintendent of the Year Print E-mail

parent_kristaSouth Lane School District Superintendent Krista Parent was today named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).  The announcement was made this morning at the AASA National Conference on Education in New Orleans.  A national blue ribbon panel of educators, business leaders and government officials selected her from four national finalists.

Parent is the first Oregon superintendent to receive this national award.  Earlier this year, she was named Oregon Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE).

"All the folks from Oregon who are here at the conference are so excited for Krista -- she is such an outstanding leader," COSA Executive Director Kent Hunsaker said.  "We can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor.  She has really earned the trust and support of the students, staff, and community of Cottage Grove with her hard work and vision."

An educator for 22 years, Parent has served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, high school administrator, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent.  Superintendent in South Lane for six years, Parent serves 2,900 students in a district that has been a state leader in literacy, mathematics, and technology, despite the fact that approximately 55 percent of its students are economically disadvantaged, 17 percent qualify for special education services, and more than 200 students receive support as homeless students.

In addition to the plaque and medallion that was presented to her, a $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in her name to a student in the high school from which she graduated, or the school from her district. 

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