The third time wound up being the charm for Baldwin County School Superintendent Dr. Noris Price.
After having been nominated as a finalist for the honor twice before, she was named 2022 Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) Thursday.
The award was presented during the combined Georgia School Boards Association/GSSA Annual Conference held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.
Each year, GSSA calls for and accepts Superintendent of the Year nominations from local school boards, Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA), business organizations and communities, and education colleagues from all over the state of Georgia. The nomination and selection process spans several months. Jason Branch (Oconee County), Steve Smith (Bleckley County) and Wes Taylor (Lowndes County) were the other finalists this year.
Price will go on to represent Georgia and compete for National Superintendent of the Year, which will be announced February 2022 at the AASA National Conference to be held in Nashville, Tenn.
The 2022 Superintendent of the Year Award is far from the first honor Price has received during her time in the education field. In 2019, She was given the national “All In for Students” Award by Communities in Schools. Price has also received the GSSA President’s Award, Wilmington College Distinguished Educator Award, the Whitney M. Young Award, the Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni Award, Georgia College’s Bobcat Award, Johnnie V. Cox Leadership Award from the University of Georgia, and was named a Georgia PTA Outstanding Principal, among other distinctions throughout her professional career.
Price joined the Baldwin County School District as superintendent July 1, 2014. Since she came on board, the local public high school graduation rate has increased greatly from 66% when she first arrived to 84.8% this year. Price has also been a big proponent of obtaining grant funding in her tenure, having secured millions of dollars to bring innovative programs to Baldwin County Schools. She has led the district through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI) accreditation process.
Prior to coming to Baldwin County, Price served as deputy superintendent of the Clarke County School District in Athens where she helped develop and implement school and system-wide improvement efforts. She started with the Clarke County School District in 2007 as an associate superintendent for instructional services and school performance. Under her leadership, the district was named the Title I Distinguished District 2010, an honor indicating the school district was number one in the state of Georgia for closing the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students.
Prior to entering school district administration, Price was an elementary school teacher in New York City and Fairfax, Va., and an assistant principal and principal in Fairfax, Virginia. She moved to Georgia in 1997. For 10 years, she served as principal for Woodland Elementary Charter School in Fulton County. During her tenure, the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the state's measure of achievement under No Child Left Behind, every year. In addition, the school was named a Title I Distinguished School and received the Georgia School of Excellence Award, as well as the National PTA Parent Involvement School of Excellence Award.
Price earned a doctor of education degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, a certificate in educational leadership from George Mason University in Virginia, a master's degree in elementary education from Lehman College of the City University of New York, and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Wilmington College in Ohio.