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Gainesville superintendent finalist for leadership award
Creel aiming to be one of 10 selected for program
Wanda Creel
Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel is a finalist for the Lexington Educational Leadership Award fellowship.

The award is more than an honor or recognition, serving as an opportunity for the district to learn from and work with the other nine fellows across the nation. The purpose of the fellowship is to discuss and encourage personalized learning.

“It is a privilege to participate in a program that is titled the Lexington Educational Leadership Award,” Creel said. “It will select 10 superintendents from across the country to come together and learn more about personalized learning, which is very much a part of our strategic plan.”

The 10 participants would have all expenses paid, and would attend a three-day conference in November. If Creel is selected as one of the 10 fellows, a committee would visit Gainesville to see how it is using personalized learning, and the honor would culminate with an event in Washington, D.C.

“It is a great opportunity and an honor to have been accepted through the application process,” Creel said.

The superintendent added she wanted the board’s approval before letting the fellowship know she would be willing to participate fully. The board approved Creel’s participation unanimously.

Board member Willie Mitchell gave Creel his support and called the possible award a “fantastic honor not only for you, but for our school system.”

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