Rockwood School District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain was the honoree and keynote speaker at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Gala on Nov. 2 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Cain addressed superintendents of the year from across the country, as well as AASA officials, educational leaders and dignitaries about the importance of public education, the joy and excitement he sees in our schools and the hope and promise for tomorrow.
“My hope is that children across this nation all have a similar opportunity to the one that I was afforded,” shared Dr. Cain during his address. “One where they’re academically challenged and encouraged to think critically, to problem solve; supported when they are down and celebrated when they are up. My hope is for educational spaces where students never ever feel alone and always feel valued and heard. Safe spaces where every student is seen as an individual, who they uniquely are, but most importantly what they can in fact be. That’s public education.”
Part of Dr. Cain’s introduction included a video production commissioned by AASA that was recorded in Rockwood in September. Dr. Cain also presented “An Update from the Field” on Nov. 3 as part of the two-day forum and had a personal virtual call with U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona.
Dr. Cain was named National Superintendent of the Year in February after having been named Missouri Superintendent of the Year in 2021. The National Superintendent of the Year program enables Americans to recognize and honor U.S. superintendents for the contributions they make every day advocating for public education, our nation’s children and our country’s future. Dr. Cain is the first Missouri superintendent to earn this honor.