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Nannette Johnston named Kentucky's top superintendent

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Award announced today in surprise ceremony

In a surprise ceremony today, Nannette Johnston, superintendent of Hardin County Schools, was recognized as the 2014 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.

Based on that honor, Johnston will be nominated for the National Superintendent of the Year Award, to be announced by the American Association of School Administrators in February.

A graduate of North Hardin High School and the University of Louisville, Johnston received her masters degree in elementary education plus Rank 1 certification in administration and supervision and an endorsement in the superintendency from Western Kentucky  University.

She received the state honor because of the district’s status as a leader in college and career readiness.

Under Johnston’s guidance, the district recently kicked off its Work Ethic Certification Program which is developed around eight work ethic standards. The program is supported by the community financially and through teaching and mentoring. Its goal is to assure that all Hardin County graduates have the personal skills and character traits – beyond academic preparation – to be successful in the workplace.

The district also is constructed a Early College and Career Center which will be available to its high school students this fall.

Prior to being named superintendent in 2007, Johnston served as interim superintendent, director of early childhood programs and a teacher, all in Hardin County.

Former LaRue County High School Principal Paul Mullins, a first-year superintendent in the Garrard County Schools, is president of KASA and a longtime acquaintance of Johnston.

“She has been a wonderful resource for me both professionally and personally,” he said. “As a new superintendent, I find myself reflecting often on things she has shared and modeled.”

Detailed coverage of the ceremony and Johnston’s reaction will appear in Thursday’s edition of The News-Enterprise.