The Kansas School Superintendents Association (KSSA) has named Dr. Michelle Hubbard, Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent, a 2024 finalist for Kansas Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Hubbard was first one of 16 superintendents nominated by their peers for the honor. From there, nine nominees including Dr. Hubbard, completed a rigorous application process.
Now, three finalists will be interviewed by a committee of former Kansas Superintendents of the year. Finalists are assessed on categories including professionalism, communication, community involvement, and leadership while meeting community and student needs
Dr. Michelle Hubbard became Superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) on July 1, 2021. Prior to assuming the role of Superintendent, Dr. Hubbard served as Deputy Superintendent, and for six years as the Associate Superintendent of Leadership and Learning. Shawnee Mission serves more than 26,000 students and employs over 3,500 staff. The district consists of 34 elementary schools, five middle schools, and five high schools as well as a day school, alternative school, an early childhood center, and a technical center. Prior to coming to Shawnee Mission, Dr. Hubbard served as Superintendent of Turner School District USD 202 for seven years. While in USD 202, Dr. Hubbard also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, High School Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, and High School Principal.
One area of focus for Dr. Hubbard as Shawnee Mission’s Superintendent has been on the achievement of Market Value Assets (MVA) by each graduating senior. Shawnee Mission has the goal that by 2028 100% of seniors, or approximately 1,800 students, will graduate with an MVA. Prior to 2021, fewer than 30% of students were graduating from an SMSD high school with an MVA. In 2021, 40% of students reached that goal, and this past year 47% of students graduated with an MVA. Dr. Hubbard credits this success to the district's intentional focus and investment in seeing this outcome improve. The district hired a business liaison, real world learning counselors at each high school, purchased computer platforms, developed implementation teams, and enacted communication plans. This year, SMSD is working toward 60% of students graduating with an MVA.
The selection of Kansas Superintendent of the Year is expected to be announced later in October. Individuals selected for Kansas Superintendent of the Year are then considered for The School Superintendents Association National Superintendent of the Year program.