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Miami and Houston Schools Chiefs Among Finalists for National Award

Finalists for the 2014 national superintendent of the year award—including two whose districts recently won prizes for urban education—were announced earlier today by AASA, the School Superintendents Association. 

The finalists are Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of the Miami-Dade district in Florida; Terry Grier, superintendent in Houston; Kevin Maxwell, who was selected for his leadership of the Anne Arundel County school system in Maryland; and Michele Taylor, the superintendent in Calhoun, Ga. (Maxwell is now the schools chief in Prince George's County, Md.). 

All four finalists were selected as winners in their individual state contests for superintendent of the year. The national winner will be announced at AASA's annual conference next month.

Carvalho has been the Miami-Dade schools chief since 2008, and also serves as principal for two schools in the district. Miami-Dade won the Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2012. Terry Grier, who took the helm of that district in 2009, saw his district win the Broad Prize last year. Prior to going to Houston, he briefly served as superintendent in San Diego, Calif.

Maxwell, a long-time Maryland educator, was honored as that state's superintendent of the year for his seven-year leadership of the Anne Arundel County school system. Under a new state law that empowered the county executive of Prince George's County to hire a schools chief, Maxwell was tapped last July to become that district's chief executive officer. Prince George's is located in the suburban Washington, D.C. region.

Taylor has been the superindendent in Calhoun for six years, a small city district located about 70 miles north of Atlanta.

In 2013, Mark A. Edwards, the superintendent of the 5,590-student Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina, won the national award.

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