McAllen ISD Superintendent Dr. J.A. Gonzalez was recognized by the American Association of School Administrators during its national convention, held virtually on February 18.
Superintendents from each state were recognized. Dr. Gonzalez became the Texas Superintendent of the Year in October 2020. Afterward, the Texas Association of School Administrators made him the state's nominee for the National Superintendent of the Year award.
"I'm extremely honored and humbled to have been selected as the Texas nominee for the national award," Dr. Gonzalez said. "This nomination could not have been possible without the contributions and passion of our entire staff, the commitment of our Board of Trustees, our dedicated students, supportive parents and community. It is an honor and a blessing."
Dr. Gonzalez also congratulated the National Superintendent of the Year recipient.
"I would also like to congratulate Dr. Michelle Reid from the state of Washington on earning the national award and all the other superintendents who represented their states so well," he said.
Dr. Gonzalez is the first person from McAllen ISD to win the Texas Superintendent of the Year award. He has served 23 years in McAllen ISD as a science teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Associate Superintendent and, since 2016, as Superintendent.
He and his wife, Shahroo T. Gonzalez, have three children (Joe Douglas, Samantha Isabella and Joshua Jay) who all attend school in McAllen ISD in the first-third grades.
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