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Dr. Ranells Named Idaho Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Mary Ann Ranells September 25, 2018 – West Ada School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Ranells is Idaho’s Superintendent of the Year, an honor bestowed by the Idaho School Superintendents’ Association and celebrated at the Idaho Association of School Administrators (IASA) annual conference each summer. The award recognizes outstanding superintendents on the frontier of educational leadership in the state of Idaho.


“Dr. Ranells leverages her broad experience in education and welcoming personality to develop a culture of excellence among the staff and students of the district. She sets a high bar of expectations for achievement with the clear understanding that she is supportive and caring,” Dr. Philip Neuhoff, Chairman of the Board boasted. “She clearly sees her role as facilitating our superb staff in their efforts to provide a first rate core education as well as the broad range of additional opportunities the district offers.”


Dr. Ranells began her career as an English, Spanish and reading teacher at Shoshone Junior High School. She went on to teach in the Wendell and Nampa school districts. In Nampa, Dr. Ranells became the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, a role she next filled in the Twin Falls School District.


Her career has included serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction during the Marilyn Howard administration and most recently, she served as the Superintendent of Schools in the Lakeland School District. Following her retirement from Lakeland in 2014, she offered consulting services to school district across Idaho.


“Throughout my career, I have had a singular focus – what is best for boys and girls,” Dr. Ranells shared. “The focus of public education should be to make sure kids are safe, that their emotional needs are being met, and that students are succeeding academically.”


Colleagues, parents, students or groups can submit nominations for the award by filling out the application provided by IASA. Superintendents actively serving Idaho for three years or more, and who are current members of the applicable associations, are eligible for award nomination.


Candidates chosen for this honor promote public school education in the state of Idaho – ensuring all children have access to a quality education, and the riches and advantages of education benefit every child.


The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) will recognize Dr. Ranells and other state superintendents at their AASA National Conference on Education in February of 2019. Dr. Ranells is a candidate for the National Superintendent of the Year award. In December, four national finalists will be announced and the winner announced at the conference.