Supervisor of the Year

The goal of the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year program is to recognize and celebrate the wealth of excellent district leaders that exist across the state. Each year an outstanding public school supervisor earns distinction as the Tennessee Department of Education Supervisor of the Year (SOY).  This honor is reserved for leaders who demonstrate superior abilities in:

·         managing and motivating students and faculties;

·         evoking high standards;

·         demonstrating a commitment to excellence;

·         implementing innovative programs; and

·         having a track record of exceptional gains in student learning.

Supervisors of the Year are selected competitively through four cycles: district, region, grand division, and state. 

Supervisors selected at each cycle receive local recognition and awards underwritten by local sources. State recognition and awards include a banquet honoring the nine region-level Supervisors of the Year.

 

2021-22 Supervisor of the Year

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Of eight Principal of the Year finalists representing seven of Tennessee’s eight CORE regions, as well as the Shelby County-Municipals area, Mr. Robert (Scott) Langford of Sumner County Schools and Mr. Rory Hinson of Gibson County Special School District were selected as the 2021-22 Tennessee Supervisors of the Year.

Mr. Langford currently serves as the chief academic officer for Sumner County Schools. Langford previously served as the assistant director of schools for instruction, as well as a principal, assistant principal, and classroom educator in Sumner County. In addition to serving as the chief academic officer, Langford also serves as the chairperson of the Mid-Cumberland Supervisors' Study Council and as a mentor in the Tennessee Literacy Implementation Network.

Mr. Hinson currently serves as the high school supervisor, career and technical education director, and high school testing coordinator for Gibson County Special School District. Hinson has been with the district for 25 years and has previously served as a math teacher, assistant principal, and athletic director. Under Hinson’s leadership, Gibson County Special School District was recognized in both 2018 and 2019 as an AP Honor Roll District.

 

Benefits of Participating in the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year Program

What are the benefits to supervisors?

By participating in the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year program, district leaders have the opportunity to:

  • be celebrated and honored for making exceptional district-wide gains with students,
  • expand knowledge of education policy and participate in local, state, and national policy discussions,
  • serve as spokesperson and advocate for the education profession, and
  • become inducted into an amazing network of statewide awardees, and become connected to an impactful, ongoing body of work that engages you as a professional long after an awardee’s service year.

What are the benefits to schools and districts?

By participating in the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year program, districts have the opportunity to:

·       attract local, state, and national attention,

·       allow the district’s honorees to serve as a voice for the education profession, thus elevating the district and attracting educators and leaders to the district, and

·       celebrate excellence in education by honoring hard working, successful district leaders.

What does the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year do?

·         Respond to and fulfill Tennessee Supervisor of the Year speaking requests, presentations, etc.

·         Share their expertise with the department.

·         Identify and advocate for educational issues.

 

Eligibility & Selection Process

A Supervisor of the Year nominee must:

  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in public schools.
  • Have a minimum of one (1) year of experience as an administrator.
  • At all levels of recognition, must be employed as a supervisor in a Tennessee public school system.

Directors of schools will nominate one supervisor from the district using the online Principal and Supervisor of the Year Nomination Form.

The 2022-23 nomination deadline is Jan. 16, 2022.

 

Projected 2022-23 Timeline

Dates Process

By 11:59 p.m. CT 
Jan. 16

Directors of schools (or their designees) submit the nomination form for Supervisor of the Year (SOY).

Jan. 17

Department sends nominees the link to the electronic Supervisor of the Year application.

March 13

Supervisor of the Year nominees submit part I application online.

April 29

Department sends region-level semi-finalists the link to the electronic Principal of the Year part II application.

By 11:59 p.m. CT on May 29

Supervisor of the Year region-level semi-finalists submit part II application online.

June

A panel of independent reviewers with representatives from each CORE region selects one supervisor from each CORE region and the Shelby County-Municipals region to advance as a finalist to the interview process.

July/August

Announcement of the nine Supervisor of the Year finalists

Interviews held at the Andrew Johnson Tower in Nashville

Fall 2022

Principal and Supervisor of the Year recognition event in Nashville

Application Resources

·       2022-23 Tennessee Principal and Supervisor of the Year Process Overview (click here to watch): This short video provides an overview of the 2022-23 Tennessee Principal and Supervisor of the Year process and what you can expect from each stage in the selection process.

·       Approaching the Part I Principal and Supervisor of the Year Application (click here to watch): This one-hour webinar will dive more deeply into the components of the part I Principal and Supervisor of the Year application.

·       Approaching the Part II Principal and Supervisor of the Year Application (click here to watch): This one-hour webinar will dive more deeply into the components of the part II Principal and Supervisor of the Year application.

·       Supervisor of the Year Part I Application:  This document contains all questions listed in the electronic part I application. Districts are encouraged to use this document as a foundation for their own district-level Supervisor of the Year applications. Applicants are encouraged to use this document to draft and revise application responses prior to submitting via the online form.

·       Supervisor of the Year Part II Application:This document contains all questions listed in the electronic part II application. Applicants are encouraged to use this document to draft and revise application responses prior to submitting via the online form.

·       Supervisor of the Year Guidebook for Applicants: This document contains tips and tricks for how to improve your Tennessee Supervisor of the Year application. While referencing this document will not guarantee a successful outcome in the selection process, this document is useful for refining your responses to ensure they align to the application prompts.

 


Past Recipients

Year Recipient School System
2020-21 Kay Martin Rutherford County
2019-20 Michelle Goad Gibson County SSD
2018-19 Maria Warren Loudon County
2017-18 Stacia Lewis, Ed.D. Sevier County
2016-17 Jennifer Brown Sumner County
2015-16 Sharon Griffin Shelby County
2014-15 Timothy Parrott Anderson County
2013-14 Marcia Melton Cannon County
2012-13 Bobby Cox Warren County
Year Recipient School System
2011-12 B.J. Worthington Clarksville-Montgomery County
2010-11 Dianne Williams Cheatham County
2009-10 Connie Campbell Jefferson County
2008-09 Dr. David Timbs Johnson County
2007-08 Glee Moore Sumner County
2006-07 Nancy Wagner Kingsport City
2005-06 Charlotte Britton Hawkins County
2004-05 Dr. Shirley R. Ellis Carter County
2003-04 Paul Coggins Wayne County
2002-03 Susan Bunch Henderson County
2001-02 Eleanor Hayes Sevier County
2000-01 Judith Beaty Monroe County
1999-00 Harriet Shelby Lauderdale County
1998-99 Thomas Parks Maury County
1997-98 Minnie Miller Johnson County
1996-97 Sue Boyer Knox County
1995-96 Debra Cline Sevier County
1994-95 Dr. Christine Ejlali Washington County
1993-94 Juanita Henson Lawrence County
1991-92 Dr. Bruce Mays McNairy County
1991-92 Bobby Snider Henderson County
1990-91 Georgia Sullivan Williamson County
1989-90 Dr. Jane Qualls Alcoa City
1988-89 Dr. Hilda Nason Paris Special
1987-88 Margaret Salsbury Murfreesboro City
1986-87 Thelma Seavers Milan Special
1985-86 Betty Sparks Monroe County
1984-85 Mary Hopkins Fayetteville City
1983-84 Joe Minor Tennessee Department of Education
1982-83 Beecher Clapp Knoxville City
1981-82 Kathleen Wright McNairy County