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Johnston nominated for leadership award

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HCS superintendent one of 25 recognized nationally

By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston recently received national recognition for district leadership.

Johnston is one of 25 nominees in the United States for the 2013 American Association of School Administrators Women in School Leadership Award. Johnston was nominated for the award by representatives of the Green River Regional Education Cooperative.

Nominees attended a forum held in Newport Beach, Calif., and four finalists were announced. The finalists, from North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California, will go on to a conference in Los Angeles where a winner will be named.

“The competition was extremely fierce,” Johnston said.

Green Rivers leaders wanted to nominate her last year but Johnston didn’t want to dedicate the time to it. Group members persisted this year and helped her complete an application. Johnston said she doesn’t enjoy being in that kind of spotlight and feels many of her colleagues are more deserving.

“I am surrounded by fantastic people,” she said.

But she said being among the 25 nominees was a privilege.

“I really do appreciate it, it was such an honor just to be nominated,” she said.

Johnstonsaid she enjoyed meeting the other women in positions held mostly by men, and she felt confident about work in Hardin County Schools after the discussions with the other nominees.

“I am surrounded by what I feel is the best,” she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.