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TASA President Karen Rue, superintendent, Northwest ISD, has been named one of four finalists for the AASA 2016 Women in School Leadership Award, which recognizes the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day.

Rue joined Northwest ISD in July 2005 as the superintendent of schools. Under her leadership, the district continues to increase academic success while providing all students with opportunities and experiences designed to prepare them for their future. Rue is leading a transformational change in education at Northwest ISD and in Texas to ensure that all students are equipped for the digital age in which we live. She has a passion for public education and is dedicated to supporting ISD educators as they prepare students to be future ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success.

Candidates are judged based on leadership in meeting the learning needs of students, personal and organizational communication strength, constant professional improvement of knowledge and skills, and active community involvement. The final award recipients, one each in the superintendent/assistant superintendent category and central office administrator/principal category, will be announced during the AASA 2016 National Conference on Education.