MASS Awards

AASA National Conference on Education (NCE) Convention Incentive Award

The Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS) incentive award program is intended to provide a special opportunity for two (2) administrators to attend the AASA NCE for professional development.  The convention will be held on February 15-17, 2018 in Nashville. 

2017-18 Recipients Heading to Nashville are

Tiffani Anderson and Thom Peck!

Superintendent of the Year

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At the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership held in Billings, Tobin Novasio, Superintendent of Lockwood Schools, was selected as the 2016-17 Superintendent of the Year for Montana.  The award is sponsored by the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

Tobin Novasio, Superintendent of Lockwood Schools, was selected as the 2016 Superintendent of the Year for Montana and honored at the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership (MCEL) held in Billings October 19 – 21. The award is sponsored by the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

Mr. Novasio has been a school administrator for 15 years and a superintendent in Montana since 2005.  He currently serves as the MASS President-Elect and as a delegate to the 2016 School Administrator of Montana (SAM) Delegate Assembly.  His district has witnessed substantial educational growth over the past three years due in part to the implementation of an after-school program and an expanded gifted program, providing intervention kindergarten to target 4-year-olds, application of a behavioral analysis room, and implementation of a breakfast in the classroom program.    With funding being a continuous concern, Mr. Novasio has implemented an Educator for a Day program which provides an opportunity for trustees to address taxpayers’ questions and keep the lines of communication open. Tobin believes that effective communication is accomplished by consistently sending the same message while using different formats.  He also focuses on communication and relationship building between the administrative team and teaching staff.   

The Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS), in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), annually recognizes and rewards outstanding leadership in the superintendency.  This program seeks to honor those strong Montana school district leaders who work successfully with their entire learning communities to provide the highest quality education that is possible.  

 

Regional Superintendents of the Year 

Each of the nine MASS regions selects a Regional Superintendent of the Year.  Those candidates are then in contention for the Montana Superintendent of the Year Award.   The 2017-18 Regional Superintendents of the Year are:
 
Renee Rasmussen, MASS Northeast Region
Scott Kinney, MASS Western Region
Tammy Lacey, MASS North Central Region
Bill Phillips, MASS South Central Region
Jason Butcher, MASS Central Region
Gerry Nolan, MASS 4-Rivers Region
Mark Flatau, MASS Northwest Region
Keith Campbell, MASS Southeast Region
Bart Hawkins, MASS Hi Line Region 
 
These Regional winners were presented their awards during the MASS Fall Conference on September 18th, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Montana.
 
For more information on the awards available and the process, please contact
Associate Director Pat Audet at sampa@sammt.org or by phone at 442-2510.