By Matthew Stewart-The Daily Times
Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt is competing for the 2016 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year Award. Britt was announced Tuesday as one of eight district nominees for the 2016 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year. He is representing the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents' East District.
"I'm extremely grateful to my peers, colleagues and friends, who have placed their confidence in me," Britt said. "I'm humbled to know that they believe I'm a good finalist to represent our district in this competition, because I know how hard all of my colleagues work. They do outstanding work and supervise complex, difficult tasks."
TOSS will announce the winner at its annual awards and recognition dinner, which will be held Sept. 13 in Gatlinburg. Nominees are evaluated on four criteria — communication, community involvement, leadership for learning and professionalism — and reviewed according to American Association of School Administrators' guidelines. The winner will represent Tennessee for AASA's National Superintendent of the Year Award. He/she will attend the AASA National Conference on Education, which is being held February 2016 in Phoenix.
Britt is the third Central Office administrator nominated for a state-level award in the past four years.
Scott Kirkham, former special education director, received the East Tennessee Tennessee Association for Administrators in Special Education Cup in 2011.
Dr. Alisa Teffeteller, who serves as career and technical director, competed for the 2013 Tennessee Supervisor of the Year Award. Dr. Jane Morton, who serves as supervisor of instruction for grades 6-12, was also nominated for the 2009 Supervisor of the Year Award, which was presented the year before Britt became superintendent. Morton currently serves on the East Tennessee Supervisors Study Council. "I'm honored to lead this dedicated group of professionals," Britt said.
"They do a great job serving our district and the numerous professional organizations in which they're active. "
He also wanted to publicly thank the district's administrators, employees, students and their families. "I'm so fortunate to be a part of this district. We have a lot of great things to be proud of, things that the entire community can rally behind."