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chools? Does that mean that we simply accept decisions from superintendents, without challenging them? Of course not! We must particularly hold them accountable in regard to educational, financial and administrative performance. However, we should provide them latitude in regards to leadership, vision and strategic thinking on how to address the performance in those areas. And we must expect them to communicate effectively to all stakeholders. The American Association of School Administrators suggests that the superintendent, like principals, must also demonstrate a keen understanding of teaching, learning, and what works for students. As a change leader, a successful superintendent should emphasize the efficient use of resources, personnel, and data to break down resistance and drive systemic change; empower board and personnel to set goals, measure results, develop accountability, and support planning, evaluation, and resource allocation. Our state has made some incredible strides in public education. It is an accomplishment that we should admire and respect. It begins with the men and women in the classroom across this state, and we must also acknowledge the hard work of those who lead our schools. Melanie Miller, 2017 Donna Wright, 2016 Jerry Boyd, 2015 Dan Lawson, 2014 Past Recipients of Superintendent of the Year from Professional Educators of Tennessee