May 5, 2010
Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Public Schools, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) annual conference Tuesday evening in Roanoke.
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the officers of three Virginia education organizations selected her from among eight regional Superintendents of the Year.
Officials say Dr. Atkins was chosen for a multitude of reasons. She has provided inspiring and innovative leadership in her urban school district of 3,800 students. She has reduced the achievement gap between her advantaged and disadvantaged students on the state’s standardized tests, while simultaneously elevating her district’s academic standards to better prepare her students for enrollment in higher education and successful employment in a globally competitive economy.
In presenting her with the Virginia Superintendent of the Year Award, VASS President Milton Liverman said, “Rosa has improved the chances of her students to be successful in public school, higher education and the workplace by creating a culture of professional learning, reflection, and common planning in her school district.” He continued, “Her in-depth knowledge and skill in providing high quality professional development for her staff members, which is well-grounded in the latest educational research, has had a significant impact on Charlottesville’s student performance.”
Dr. Atkins has worked as the chief educational officer in Charlottesville City Schools since 2006. Prior to becoming Charlottesville’s superintendent, she was assistant superintendent of Caroline County Schools.
As Virginia's Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Atkins will be eligible for the National Superintendent of the Year Award, which will be presented in Denver, Colorado next February by the American Association of School Administrators.