2015 Superintendent of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Wanda Shelton of Lincoln County Schools!

Lincoln County Director Named 2015 Superintendent of the Year


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents met in Gatlinburg, TN on September 7th for the annual awards and recognition dinner. The 2015 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year was announced at the banquet on Sunday night. This year’s honor was awarded to Dr. Wanda Shelton, Lincoln County Schools, South Central District.

Dr. Shelton was named statewide Superintendent of the Year. She was chosen for this honor out of a distinguished group of 8 regional superintendents of the year. Honored as regional Superintendent(s) of the Year 2015 were Dr. Buddy Bibb (Tipton County), Southwest District; Dr. B.J. Worthington (Clarksville-Montgomery County), Mid-Cumberland District; Dr. Gary Lilly (Bristol City), First District; Mr. Mike Jones (Fentress County), Upper Cumberland; Dr. Vicki Violette (Clinton City), East District; Mr. Randy Frazier (Weakley County), Northwest District; and Dr. Martin Ringstaff (Cleveland City), Southeast District.

Dr. Shelton is a graduate of MTSU, Tennessee State University, and also attended the University of Alabama. She served as 2013-2014 President of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents. Dr. Shelton has formerly received the Fayetteville/Lincoln County “Boss of the Year” award, is a Tennessee State University “Wall of Fame” inductee, and was the South Central Regional Superintendent of the Year in 2011. She has served as superintendent in Lincoln County for 8 years.

My dad told me when I left for college, ‘Men, friends, jobs, and hobbies can come and go, but your education is a gift that no one can ever take away from you.’ That passion to learn was instilled in me by my family, and I feel that it is my job to make sure the 4,100 children under my care feel the same way about their opportunities … I believe that all students can succeed. We must have a climate of rigorous educational demands and dedicated educators who are willing to work collaboratively to execute the components of a comprehensive intervention program. With this in place, we can create an educational environment that meets each child’s needs.

Dr. Shelton will submit her application for the National Superintendent of the Year sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators and will represent the state of Tennessee in San Diego, CA at the American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education.

Additional honors awarded during the dinner this year were the 2014 George (Kip) Reel Award for Educational Leadership to Charles W. (Chuck) Cagle, Esq., the 2014 TOSS Legislative Award to Representative Harry Brooks, and the 2014 TOSS Friend of Education Award to John Wilburn former Trust Administer for Tennessee Risk Management Trust.