Superintendent of the Year

NASS presents the Superintendent of the Year Award each year to a superintendent who has shown tremendous effort and dedication to enriching the lives of children and the community as a whole.

The Nevada Superintendent of the Year is recognized for strong leadership, creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students, communication skills, professionalism, community involvement and the success of students that has taken place during their tenure.

NASS Names Lyon County School District Leader 2021 Nevada Superintendent of the Year

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“Mr. Wayne Workman demonstrates the highest standards when it comes to leading a school district and working to build a lasting future for his students.  On behalf of public education, it is a truly an honor to congratulate Wayne Workman for being named the 2021 Nevada Superintendent of the Year,” said Susan Keema, NASS Executive Director.  We truly appreciate the tremendous work he is doing to promote academic achievement in the Lyon County School District.    

Each year the Nevada Superintendent of the Year award is presented by NASS to a member who has shown tremendous effort and dedication to enriching the lives of children and the community. Wayne Workman’s nomination for the award, which included input from peers stated in part:

Mr. Wayne Workman came to Nevada in 2006 when I was part of hiring him to be the Assistant Principal of Dayton High School.  He was to become part of the leadership team at a school that was near and dear to my heart and I knew during the interview that he was a keeper!  Wayne took over the helm of Dayton High School two years after that and has been a tireless servant to the students of Lyon County and our State ever since. Wayne served as principal until moving to the district office to serve as head of HR, Assistant Superintendent and was appointed as the Superintendent of Lyon in 2015 and has served in the position since.  Wayne has assumed leadership roles within our organization to include representing us on the ACT committee, at legislative session, as our Secretary, Vice President and most recently as our President.  Wayne had the distinction to be our leader through our adventure with the COVID-19 school shutdown.  He became the voice between the superintendents and the Department of Education, carrying regular messages to State Superintendent Ebert and then relaying back to all of us.  Wayne handled all of us with such grace and consideration while he was working to keep his own district on track with all the changes and adjustments we endured.  He leads with calm reason and was unflappable throughout the entire 13-week adventure. 

I am so proud to announce him as our recipient of the NASS Superintendent of the Year Award and so grateful to have served with him for the last five years.  Thank you, Wayne, for all you have done for your students, your families, and for all your colleagues.  You serve our profession well and lead us with experience, dignity, and passion.  Congratulations!  (Retired Supt. Teri White)

I am starting my 22nd year in education working over 14 years in Northern Nevada.  I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in Health and Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training.  Master from the University of Phoenix in Education Administration and Supervision. 

Wayne Workman served as President of the Nevada Association of School Superintendents during the 2019-20 school year.  Currently, he has been appointed to the Nevada State Board of Education.


As the NASS honoree, Wayne Workman is now in the running for the national Superintendent of the Year Award that is given out by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). AASA will convene a Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee to select four national finalists in December. The four finalists will participate in a national briefing and interviews in January at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The National Superintendent of the Year winner will be announced in February.

NASS will also recognize Wayne Work at its 2021 Superintendent’s Academy in June at Lake Tahoe.