The selection of Dr. Charles Garrett, New Albany schools superintendent, as the 2011 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year comes as no surprise to us.
His track record since joining the district nearly 10 years ago has been one of positive change and improvement for our schools.
The announcement was made Thursday by Anna P. Hurt, executive director of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators in Jackson. The honor means he will be among those across the country competing for national superintendent of the year. The national honor will be announced in February.
Garrett has been in the education field more than 35 years and has done a little of everything: a college level instructor for two years, an English and Latin teacher for 13 years, and an assistant principal and principal for 12 years in addition to his current job.
He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Memphis State University and a doctorate from Northern Arizona University.
A state school board member said Garrett’s defining characteristics are that “he has an amazing work ethic, has the courage of his convictions, possesses a value for education, and possesses the empathy that allows him to relate to those he wishes to influence.”
During his time in New Albany, the community has built a new elementary school and remodeled both the middle and high schools.
We think the superintendent has had an effective way of getting things done without being divisive. And he has a reputation as an all-around good human being.
We join the community in congratulating Chuck Garrett for being honored as the Mississippi Superintendent of the Year.