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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 2022
Jay Curtis
Park #1

Jay receiving award from Gillian

Jay Curtis began his education career as an Agriculture Teacher in Bakersfield, CA, where he was also an FFA Advisor, CTE Department Chair, and head varsity wrestling coach. Jay served as Assistant Dean of Students for one year before moving to Meeteetse, Wyoming. Mr. Curtis served the Meeteetse community as a K-12 Principal for two years before leading the district as superintendent for seven years. Jay Curtis is currently in his fourth year as Superintendent of Schools in Park County School District One.

Mr. Curtis attended Northwest College in Powell, WY, as well as attending the University of Wyoming where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business & Economics. He received his Master of Education in Education Management from the University of LaVerne in Bakersfield, CA. Jay earned his Ed Specialist degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and is currently working on his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.

Mr. Curtis has extensive leadership experience. Over the years, he has served as NW regional President, NW President-Elect, WASA President, WASA Executive Committee, AASA Governing Board, and AASA Executive Committee. Jay has attended the Center for Creative Leadership Coaching, PLC Institutes, numerous WASA, AASA, and NSBA conferences and represented Wyoming at the 2018 Federal STEM Summit.

          Some of the programs that Mr. Curtis has implemented in PCSD #1 are as follows:  a 4.5-day week for students, Reading Recovery at the elementary schools, PLC Communities at Powell High School, Increased Mental Health and SRO coverage, Mental Health Community Partnerships, Enhanced Threat Assessment protocols, and a new Agriculture Learning Facility.

A letter of support for Mr. Curtis states, “He is a shining example of strong, strategic and consistent leadership in Park County. Superintendent Curtis empowers district staff, principals, and teachers to achieve excellence...”

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