Elaine Pinckney, Superintendent for the Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) has been selected as the 2013 Vermont Superintendent of the Year by the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA). Pinckney was presented with the Frederick H. Tuttle Superintendent of the Year Award on Thursday, May 23 at the annual meeting of the Association.
Superintendent Pinckney was recognized for her exemplary leadership at the local, regional, and state levels. She has inspired her colleagues within and outside the supervisory union through her commitment to the students and communities that she serves and the educators with whom she works. “This is a well-deserved honor for Elaine,” said CSSU Chief Financial Officer Bob Mason, “Elaine brings out the ability of others to lead. She inspires confidence in others and is gifted in areas of leadership and management. Most of all, her tremendous commitment to the quality education of the students within CSSU and across Vermont is apparent in everything that she does.”
In her career as an educator, Superintendent Pinckney has established a noteworthy record. She has worked as a teacher and principal at the elementary and middle levels. She has served as the Superintendent for CSSU since 2006. From 2004 to 2006, she served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Education. In every capacity, Pinckney has demonstrated talents for collaborative leadership and resolve for what is in the best interests of students and communities.
Pinckney has served as a Trustee for the Vermont Superintendents Association and is currently the vice-president. She also co-chaired a work group that created a focus on education quality in Vermont that has been endorsed by the State Board of Education. For the Champlain Valley Regional Superintendents Association, Pinckney serves as co-president and has been instrumental in an initiative to promote an alternative to the traditional school calendar in order to better serve the learning needs of students. Pinckney is also a Vermont representative on the governing board of the American Association of School Administrators and a member of the governing board of the Regional Education Lab for the Northeastern states.
“Elaine personifies the term leadership,” said Dan French, VSA Past-President and superintendent for the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, “Through her work with the Association, other educational organizations and policy makers, Elaine contributes to obtaining a clearer direction for the future of Vermont’s education system. She has done this through her work to improve public education for students within her supervisory union, and for the state as a whole.”
The Frederick H. Tuttle Superintendent of the Year Recognition commemorates the life and contributions of long-time South Burlington Superintendent Frederick H. Tuttle. The criteria for the award include outstanding educational leadership at the local, regional and state levels and a commitment to public education and children of Vermont.