Prince George’s County’s CEO has been named one of four finalists for 2014 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, the American Association of School Administrators.
“I was very surprised, very proud and very humbled, but this is due to a lot of people’s efforts,” Maxwell said of the award. “It takes a whole team to get this work done. While I’m honored, it’s due to a huge body of work that isn’t just mine.”
The National Superintendent of the Year will be announced during AASA’s National Conference on Education, held Feb. 13-15 in Nashville, Tenn.
AASA will present a $10,000 scholarship in the winner’s name to a student at the high school from which the winner graduated.
Maxwell is a graduate of Bladensburg High School.
Maxwell was named Maryland’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year by the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland in October, based on his work as superintendent in Anne Arundel County from July 2006 to July 2013.
Maxwell was named CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) last July, following a legislative reorganization of the school system leadership that transferred the power to hire the school system’s head from the Board of Education to the county executive.
“We said when we started this new process that we were going to bring in someone who was really going to move the needle, who was going to build the community and move us forward,” said school board chairman Segun Eubanks. “I say both teasingly and for real, that proves how great his work was in Anne Arundel, and we just need to make sure that greatness continues in Prince George’s County and I’m sure it will.”
Maxwell was also recognized as a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama for his work in Anne Arundel County, improving arts education, establishing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, magnet schools and expanding the county’s International Baccalaureate program at the elementary, middle and high school level, according to the White House website.
The National Superintendent of the Year program is now in its 27th year. The only other recipient from Maryland was the 2010 National Superintendent of the Year, Betty Molina Morgan of Washington County Public Schools.
The other three finalists for 2014 National Superintendent of the Year are Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Public Schools in Florida; Terry Grier, Houston Independent School District in Texas and Michele Taylor, Calhoun City Schools in Georgia.
“It’s reassuring to know that these superintendents continue to build solutions to address the critical challenges facing our schools,” Daniel Domenech, AASA executive director, said in a statement. “Congratulations to the finalists and all the state Superintendents of the Year for the tremendous work that they do. It’s an honor to be associated with them.”