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Gooding Superintendent Honored

Gooding Schools Superintendent
Recognized for Achievement

Gooding School District Superintendent Heather Williams was recently recognized as one of the top female school leaders in the country. Williams (‘05, ‘08) was noted as a top-notch leader with the Women in School Leadership Award, sponsored by the Farmers Insurance Group in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). This first-time award pays tribute to the talent, creativity, and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. Williams attended the AASA conference in Denver February 17–19 to receive her Women in Leadership Award.
According to AASA, many fields are still dominated by men in leadership roles, with only about 17 percent of superintendents being female. The Women in School Leadership Award recognizes that the numbers are rising, but the field is still often challenging for women to become successful.
“We want to promote the increasing number of women in school leadership,” said Sharon Mullen, director of awards for the American Association of School Administrators.
MaryAnn Jobe, director of leadership development for American Association of School Administrators, added, “These women are going above and beyond in their jobs and we want to pay tribute to their talent, creativity and vision.”
Williams is in her third year as superintendent at Gooding. Prior to that she taught high school biology and then was a building administrator. “We have a solid track record of improvement during my tenure at Gooding,” said Williams.
“Williams’s leadership in the Gooding School District continues to provide a vision with goals during some difficult economic times in our schools,” said Wayne Davis, executive director of the Idaho Association of School Administrators (IASA), whose publication “Perspectives” recently showcased Williams as a key influence in educational leadership.
Williams is quick to note the important role her education at the University of Idaho had on her AASA award. “The University of Idaho prepared me well for my job,” she said. “As a non-traditional student, I was able to take courses online, via video, and face to face. I received both my master’s and doctoral degrees there, and had the greatest professors. It’s because of the University of Idaho that I’m receiving this award.”