Friday, February 16, 2018

Illinois Superintendent of the Year Schuler earns national honor

David Schuler
High School District 214 superintendent and Illinois Superintendent of the Year, David Schuler, was recognized as the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year on Thursday, Feb. 15. Schuler bested three other highly qualified finalists from California, Indiana, and Tennessee to earn the honor from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

A six-person committee chose Schuler based on criteria that focused on leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. He is the 31st administrator to receive the honor, and the first superintendent from Illinois to win the award.

In November of last year, Schuler was named Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) at the Joint Annual Conference. He previously served as president of AASA during the 2015-2016 school year, where he championed the Redefining Ready! campaign that utilized various metrics to establish whether students are college and career ready.

Schuler began his career as a social studies teacher in Wisconsin, and went on to serve as student activities and athletics director and as a principal before becoming a superintendent. He was superintendent for districts in Marshall and Stevens Point, Wisconsin, before accepting the position with District 214 in 2005.