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Atlanta's Beverly Hall is National Superintendent of the Year

MEDIA CONTACTS:  -  Dana Tofig, Georgia Department of Education , (404) 463-1487, , (Twitter: GaDOEmedia) -  Joe Manguno, Atlanta Public Schools , (404) 802-2829,      February 20, 2009 -- Dr. Beverly Hall, the head of Atlanta Public Schools, was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) today. The announcement was made at AASA's national conference in San Francisco.     State Superintendent of School Kathy Cox released the following statement upon hearing about Dr. Hall's award:     "I want to congratulate my friend and colleague, Beverly Hall, on being named the National Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Hall's entire professional career has been dedicated to improving education for students in urban districts across the country and nowhere has that dedication been seen more clearly than over the past decade in Atlanta. Beverly is a change agent who does not back down from a challenge and is not afraid to be held accountable for the results. She has forged strong ties to the business community and has made improving education in the city of Atlanta a community effort, not just a school effort. Atlanta has seen significant gains in student achievement over the past 10 years and I know those gains will continue thanks to Dr. Hall's leadership and vision. It is also my hope she'll be around for years to come as, together, we seek to improve education for all students in Georgia. I look forward to celebrating with Dr. Hall in person!"     Superintendent Cox noted that in the past two years, Georgia school leaders have won several awards, including the 2009 National High School Principal of the Year (Mark Wilson, Morgan County High School) and the 2008 National High School Principal of the Year (Molly Howard, Jeferson County High School). Additionally, Julie Hartline, of Campbell High School in Cobb County, is the 2009 National School Counselor of the Year.    MORE INFORMATION:  -  Atlanta Public Schools Press Release  -  AASA Press Release