Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods, who was named the Texas Superintendent of the Year in September, has become a finalist for a national accolade: National Superintendent of the Year.

One of four finalists, Woods will be interviewed by a panel in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10. Other finalists include superintendents from Indiana, Georgia, and Idaho.

The four finalists were chosen from 49 winners of state Superintendent of the Year contests. The national prize is given by the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and will be awarded at AASA’s National Conference on Education in Los Angeles on Feb. 14.

A $10,000 scholarship will be given in the name of the overall winner to a student at the high school from which the superintendent graduated. Woods’ alma mater is Clear Lake High School in League City, Texas.

“We have always been proud of Dr. Woods, his leadership, and his passion for our students,” Northside board President M’Lissa Chumbley said. “Now, the entire nation will learn about this incredible school district and the leader at its helm.”

Woods leads San Antonio’s largest public school district, serving about 106,000 students. He has worked for Northside since 1992, starting as a social studies teacher at Marshall High School. He is in his sixth year as superintendent and has also served as assistant superintendent for secondary administration and as deputy superintendent.

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Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.