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 Douglas County School District Leader 2020 Nevada Superintendent of the Year

“Mrs. Teri White has proved herself to be an impeccable leader for the Douglas County School District and I am honored to give her the award of Nevada Superintendent of the Year,” said NASS Executive Director Susan Keema.

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 as a whole. Teri White’s nomination for the award, which included input from peers stated in part:

Superintendent Teri White is a true professional. She listens, hears, and has an unbiased, open-minded approach to all situations. Teri has severed on the NV Teachers and Leaders Council for the past two years, appointed by Governor Sandoval. She serves on the NEPF Monitoring Advisory Committee, State Board of Education, and testifies at NV Legislature for her district as well as for the Nevada Association of School Superintendents. She brought the Modern Teacher program to Douglas County as well as to fellow superintendents in Nevada for review this past year. She leads her district in professional development where teacher leaders train other teachers in specific professional development for their peers. Teri speaks well formally and informally. She responds verbally and in writing to all participants in the educational arena. She professionally leads meetings even in the most difficult situations. Superintendent White is a member of Minden Rotary Club, she speaks at public functions and promotes a team approach to education within her community. Teri White is a true leader for ALL students of Nevada as well as being a great team player with the Nevada Superintendents. Teri cares, when you are with her you can always see it and feel it. (Supt. Dale Norton)

Teri White is in her 33rd year as an educator, working over 20 years in Northern Nevada. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Nogales, Arizona and worked in Arizona until her family moved to Virginia City, Nevada in 1997.

Teri White’s administrative work has been in serving as a school administrator at all three levels, as an Associate Superintendent of Educational Services in Lyon County, Nevada, as the Superintendent in Mineral County, Nevada, as the Human Resources Director in Douglas County and now the Superintendent in Douglas County.

Teri White served as President of the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and as a Gubernatorial appointee to the Nevada Teachers and Leaders Council and the Nevada State Board of Education. She has also recently been appointed as a member of the National Council on Digital Convergence.


As the NASS honoree, Terri White 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 Teri White at its 2020 Superintendent’s Academy in January in Reno.

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