Here’s the list. I never heard of any of them, but that may be a good thing as they aren’t the same 10 names that end up on every list. I found bios and photos of the three. They have plenty of experience.
Cheryl L. Atkinson, superintendent of Lorain City Public Schools in Ohio:
Dr. Cheryl L. H. Atkinson has been the Superintendent of Lorain City Schools since August 2007. During her tenure, she has implemented a comprehensive reform model, Success For All, which has increased Ohio Achievement Test scores in reading for all elementary and middle schools. Dr. Atkinson has also moved the district forward technologically by implementing an electronic grade reporting system, Progress Book, giving parents daily access to their children’s grades. In addition, all students in grades 6 through 11 have been issued E-books instead of traditional textbooks. Students now have all their textbooks loaded electronically on a laptop, which enables them to access the current learning tools and technologies they need to compete in the 21st Century workforce.
Dr. Atkinson was formally Deputy Superintendent of the Kansas City, Missouri School District, a district with more than 38,000 students and more than 70 schools. She also served as Associate Superintendent for School Administration and Regional Superintendent for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, a district with over 125,000 students in over 150 schools.
Dr. Atkinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Learning and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has been married for 21 years to Terrence L. Atkinson, Sr. They have three sons.
Barbara M. Jenkins, deputy superintendent of Orange County, Fla.
Barbara Jenkins is deputy superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., a district with more than 177,000 students in 161 schools. In this role, Jenkins supervises the Division of Teaching and Learning including area superintendents. She previously served as chief of staff for the district and before that as chief human resources officer.
Prior to joining Orange County Public Schools, Jenkins served as the assistant superintendent for human resources of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, a district with more than 114,000 students in 133 schools.
In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, she helped create, monitor and reform strategic programs, which resulted in improved teacher quality in economically disadvantaged schools and improved recruitment and retention for the entire district. Earlier in her career she served as a teacher, trainer, principal and senior director of elementary education for Orange County Public Schools.
Jenkins has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s of education in administration and supervision, and a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Central Florida. Jenkins is a graduate of the 2006 class of the Broad Superintendents Academy.
Bonita Coleman-Potter, deputy superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.
In June 2009, Bonita Coleman-Potter was appointed to the position of deputy superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, a district with over 130,000 students. Previously, Coleman-Potter served as deputy superintendent, office of instruction for Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi, a district with more than 32,000 students and 59 schools.
In this role, she guided all instruction-related functions, including the development, implementation and evaluation of the district’s curriculum, accountability and assessment programs and the effective operation of the district’s schools. Before that she served in the Mississippi Department of Education as associate state superintendent, office of academic education and as bureau director II in the office of reading, early childhood and language arts. Coleman-Potter has a 15-year career in public education that includes service as a public school teacher and a college professor.
She has a bachelor’s degree in English/secondary education from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, a master’s degree in English from the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate in educational administration from Jackson State University. Coleman-Potter is a graduate of the 2008 class of the Broad Superintendents Academy.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog