Prince George’s County, Md. Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell is one of four finalists for the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year award, the school system announced Jan 8.

The prestigious award, bestowed by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), recognizes superintendents for their outstanding leadership, dedication to academic excellence and ability to engage stakeholders in education.

The association was founded in 1865 and is a professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. Members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior-level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders.

According to the group’s website, “members advance the goals of public education and champion children’s causes in their districts and nationwide. As school system leaders, AASA members set the pace for academic achievement. They help shape policy, oversee its implementation and represent school districts to the public at large.”

The announcement marks the second recognition for Maxwell in recent months. The Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland named Maxwell the Maryland Superintendent of the Year during the annual Maryland Negotiating Service Awards Banquet in October.

Maxwell served as president of the state organization from 2012 to 2013 and President-Elect from 2010 to 2011.

Born in northern Virginia, Maxwell is a product of the Prince George’s County school system, having attended Kentland Elementary, Kent Junior High and Bladensburg High School.

Maxwell remained in the county for most of his post-secondary education, earning Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park. He stayed in the state for his terminal degree, earning a doctorate in language literacy and culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Maxwell’s teaching career began in Prince George’s County, as he served at both Crossland and Central high schools just after earning his undergraduate degree. Maxwell became a principal in the Montgomery County School System before serving as superintendent of Anne Arundel County, Md. schools for seven years.

Maxwell was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama, for outstanding leadership, impact on student achievement, and work in building strategic partnerships and engaging the community in education.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Maxwell’s leadership and the designation of being considered a finalist for the AASA 2014 Superintendent of the Year Award,” Chair of the Board of Education for Prince George’s County Public Schools Dr. Segun Eubanks said in statement. “We are proud to have a life-long Prince Georgian and truly accomplished education leader at the helm and together, we are on a journey to greatness here in Prince George’s County.”

The other three finalists for 2014 National Superintendent of the Year are Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade Public Schools in Miami; Terry Grier of the Houston Independent School District in Houston; and Michele Taylor of Calhoun City Schools in Calhoun, Ga.

The 2014 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced during AASA’s National Conference on Education, held from February 13 to 15 in Nashville, Tenn.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the winner to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.

Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer