Dr Janet Robinson has been named Superintendent of the Year for 2014 by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. The non-profit organization says the former Newtown Superintendent of Schools was selected in part because of her leadership following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The organization said her leadership is a model for how superintendents can and should lead in the wake of a tragedy. In June 2013, Dr. Robinson was honored with the CAPSS Exemplary Leadership Award in recognition of her exemplary leadership.
Robinson was Superintendent in Newtown for five years, before that she served three years as Superintendent in Derby. She is now leading Stratford schools.
“I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to lead a district and work with educators truly dedicated to student learning. We can’t do this work alone. It is about building teams that are constantly looking for improvement,” said Robinson. “As superintendents, we do not do this work for accolades. You must have a passion about leading an organization that has student success as its mission and focus."
Dr. Gary Richards, the Superintendent of the Wilton Public Schools, was the Superintendent of the Year for 2013.