agents in the community and state. Marshall
earned his bachelor’s degree at Henderson
State University and master’s degree at Texas
A&M University at Commerce.
Vaszauskas serves approximately
34,500 students and has 17 years of
administrative experience. He has led
Mansfield ISD for four years. The committee cited his focus on a clear, simplified
strategic plan to attain district goals. Also
noted were his emphasis on district transparency for the community and straightforward communication with lawmakers.
Vaszauskas earned his bachelor’s degree at
Baylor University, master’s degree at Texas
Wesleyan University, and doctorate at
Stephen F. Austin State University.
Candidates are chosen for their strong
leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build
effective employee relations, student
performance, and commitment to public
involvement in education. Superintendents
from any of the state’s local school districts
are eligible for nomination by their school
boards. Local nominees are submitted
to a regional selection committee, which
chooses one nominee to send to the state
Regional winners nominated by
regional selection committees are the
• Arturo Cavazos, Harlingen CISD
• Maria Vidaurri, Robstown ISD
• Scott Campbell, East Chambers ISD
• Denise Monzingo, Rockdale ISD
• John Chapman, Ennis ISD
• Marcus Faulkner, China Spring ISD
• Tommy Hooker, Thrall ISD
• Jason Cochran, Eastland ISD
• Wes Beck, Early ISD
• Donna Hale, Miami ISD
• Julee Becker, Slaton ISD
• Amy Jacobs, Coahoma ISD
• Jeannie Meza-Chavez, Tornillo ISD
• Jeff Cottrill, Knippa ISD
The 2017 Superintendent of the Year
will be announced October 7 at the TASA/
TASB Convention in Dallas. The districts
of the winning superintendent and state
finalists will receive an award from Balfour,
program underwriter. The Superinten-
dent of the Year program has recognized
exemplary superintendents for excellence
and achievement in educational leadership
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