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Superintendents of the Year

Superintendents of the Year

This is the WASA’s most prestigious superintendent award, the recipient represents our state as the Wyoming Superintendent of the Year at the annual American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education and competes for the National Superintendent of the Year.  The recipient is selected by a committee of past Wyoming Superintendents of the Year still serving as a Wyoming Superintendent.


Wyoming Superintendent of the Year 2023
Dr. Gillian Chapman
Teton #1

Dr. Gillian Chapman


Dr. Gillian Chapman began her career in Kansas City, Missouri where she taught French, Spanish, and worked as a Behavior Disorder Teacher. She served in several roles in Shawnee Mission, Kansas including, French/Spanish Teacher, High School Associate Principal, Middle School Principal, and Associate Superintendent. She has been the superintendent at Teton County School District #1 for 7 years.

Gillian received her BA in French from Pepperdine University and added a Spanish endorsement from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Missouri and her Ed.D. in Administration and Leadership from St. Louis University.

Dr. Chapman is very involved in local, state, and national professional organizations. She is Past-President of WASA and currently serves on the AASA Governing Board. Gillian has attended numerous professional development opportunities including WASA, AASA, NSBA, Solution Tree Summits, and Women in Leadership Summits.

Gillian focuses on fostering communication, relationships, and trust with all district stakeholders. She developed specific intervention plans to ensure the “Success 2022” strategic plan is successful. Gillian implemented a Mindfulness & Restorative Justice plan to maintain positive culture and to help staff manage stress. She is pro-active in addressing the issue of affordable housing and implementing a Facilities Strategic plan to address the rapid growth of the student population.

         A letter of support states “Dr. Chapman is a visible, hands-on, boots-on-the-ground Superintendent. She has never wavered in her efforts to do what is right, and she supports and advocates for all students to be prepared and succeed in an ever-changing world.”


Dr. Chapman with past recipient Curtis and HUB International Sponsors.

From Left to Right: Past Superintendent of the Year Jay Curtis (Park #1), Dr. Gillian Chapman (Teton #1), Ray Gallegos and Mason Moses of HUB International.

HUB International is a WASA Sponsor for the Superintendent of the Year




Jacob E. Dailey

Natrona County District #1 Casper – 1989

William Conklin

Albany County District #1 Laramie – 1990

Ottlin A. Wegner

Crook County District #1 Sundance – 1991

J. Allen Lowe

Lincoln County District #2 Afton – 1992

Don R. Baumberger

Sweetwater County District #1 Rock Springs – 1993

Mark A. Higdon

Campbell County District #1 Gillette – 1994

Von P. Dahl

Johnson County District #1 Buffalo – 1995

Richard A. Claycomb

Niobrara County District #1 Lusk – 1996

Gene V. Carmody

Sweetwater County District #1 Rock Springs – 1997

Bernard C. Head

Albany County District #1 Laramie – 1998

Craig Beck

Fremont County District #25 Riverton – 1999

Stanley J. Olsen

Natrona County District #1 Casper – 2000

Richard M. Strahorn

Sweetwater County District #1 Rock Springs – 2001

Bryan C. Monteith

Park County District #6 Cody – 2002

Dan D. Stephan

Laramie County District #1 Cheyenne – 2003

Karl A. Berlin

Fremont County District #21 Ft. Washakie – 2004

Michael J. Hejtmanek

Washakie County District #1 Worland – 2005

Rod R. Kessler

Johnson County District #1 Buffalo – 2006

Dan Espeland

Converse County District #1 Douglas – 2007

James R. Lowham

Natrona County District #1 Casper – 2008

Kevin Mitchell

Park County District #1 Powell – 2009

Sue Belish

Sheridan County District #1 Ranchester – 2010

Diana Clapp

Fremont County District #6 Pavillion – 2011

Paul Grube

Sweetwater County District #1 Rock Springs – 2012

Dan Coe

Big Horn County District #2 Lovell – 2013

Brad LaCroix

Weston County District #1 Newcastle – 2014

Pam Shea

Teton #1 Jackson – 2015

Shon Hocker

Big Horn #1 Cowley – 2016

Boyd Brown

Campbell #1 Gillette – 2017

Gerry Chase

Johnson #1 Buffalo – 2018

Ray Shulte

Park #6 Superintendent of the Year 2019

David Nicholas

Washakie #1 Worland ~ 2020

Jay Curtis

Park #1 Powell ~ 2022