Big Horn County School District No. 2 Supt. Dan Coe was named the 2013 Wyoming Superintendent of the Year by the Wyoming Association of School Administrators (WASA). Coe has been superintendent of the district since 2005. Prior to taking on the role of superintendent of the district, Coe was principal of the middle school in Lovell.
“This is a most prestigious award for any superintendent,” said WASA Executive Director Dan Stephan in a letter to Big Horn County School District No. 2 Board Chairwoman Judy Richards.
Coe will have the honor of representing Wyoming at the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education, which will be held in Los Angeles this year. Coe will be one of 50 state winners who attend the conference and will be recognized on stage during the opening ceremonies.
“Having Dan Coe selected as the 2013 Wyoming Superintendent of the Year is a testament to our outstanding school district,” said Richards. “Dan has been instrumental in moving the mission, vision and expectations developed by the board, which are all centered on student achievement and providing the best possible education for our students. Dan has recommended quality administrators, teachers and other staff, all of whom are continually working on behalf of our district. Dan is a leader, a mentor and has also worked tirelessly on behalf of the buildings in our district. As board chair I am pleased for Dan. This is an honor he well deserves.”
The WASA organization is providing $1,500 to the district to pay for Coe’s trip to the conference. The organization has also provided Coe with a special framed award that is passed each year to that year’s winner. His name has already been engraved on the rotating trophy and it will hang in his office during the entire year while he represents the organization as Superintendent of the Year.
“In today’s climate of educational challenges, it requires leaders with a vision and commitment to guide our efforts and we have been fortunate to have the services of just such a leader in Dan Coe,” wrote Stephan.
“Dan has been extremely successful in building and guiding a cohesive group of fine administrators who work very well together for the benefit of our district,” said Richards. “They are respectful of what is needed in buildings other than their own and work to make the transition from one building to the next a good one for our students.”
Richards noted that Coe came on board at a time of uncertainty and worked closely with the board to build the Leadership/Governance model they currently use in the district. She also noted that under the direction of the board, he has made student achievement the primary item on each school board agenda.
“The district does test a lot, but those results are studied by the administrators, Dan and the board – always looking for ways to better the education in our school buildings,” said Richards.
Coe has been active in the Wyoming School Administrator organization, holding several positions and bringing back information that can benefit the district.
According to Richards, he has been a true «Bulldog» when it comes to keeping Lovell on the agenda at the School Facility Dept., working diligently to move forward with the remodel of Lovell High School.
“He and Ron Massine have become masters at going to those meetings, sitting on the front row and networking with those that ultimately make the decisions. They are quite the pair and work well together,” she said.
“It is gratifying to hear that Dan Coe has been recognized as Superintendent of the Year for Wyoming. Mr. Coe is a great leader, who along with our school administrators, has gone the extra mile to assure that our staff, curriculum and facilities ensure the students of our district receive an excellent education, ” added board member Rebecca Moncur
By Patti Carpenter