Magazine article District Administration

This Nice Guy Finishes First: Monte Moses Takes the Big Award at AASA and Vows to Keep Improving His District

Magazine article District Administration

This Nice Guy Finishes First: Monte Moses Takes the Big Award at AASA and Vows to Keep Improving His District

Article excerpt

Can a person be both humble and still confident in his or her abilities at the same time? Sure. For proof look no further than Monte Moses, the superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools in Greenwood Village, Colo. When Moses was named Superintendent of the Year at this February's American Association of School Administrators conference, he went to the lectern in front of thousands of peers, district personnel and family, and began his short speech with a self-deprecating joke. "When I told my father I was up for this award, he said, 'You must have one hell of a staff.'"

Within five minutes of his press conference that same morning, Moses mentioned his board, his community and even the bus drivers in his district. The closest he came to bragging was to say the award "seems validating what I made a good choice of career and I've done a good job."

So where's the confidence? Just the day before getting his award, Moses had been part of panel of superintendents from seven high performing school districts that have banded together formally as the Western States Benchmarking Consortium. This exclusive group of self-selected districts pushes each other to improve management and student performance. "There's a powerful desire to get better," Moses says.

"He has a ferocious will. I think he's brilliant, but he contains it so well. He is constantly shifting the spotlight to his team," says Wendy DeBell, Cherry Creek's board president.

Staying the Course

Being an effective leader doesn't include a lot of noise and motion for Moses. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.