About the Award
Frederick H. Tuttle Award Vermont Superintendent of the Year
The Vermont Superintendents Association invites your nominations for the Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award. The award, a tribute to Vermont’s Superintendent of the Year, is intended to recognize a member of the Vermont Superintendents Association who has demonstrated exceptional leadership for the benefit of students and public education.
The recipient of the award becomes Vermont’s nominee for AASA’s annual Superintendent of the Year nomination. In addition to the recognition of his/her peers, the Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award recipient receives a stipend equal to AASA National Conference registration cost and airfare to the conference city. The recipient will also have his/her name mounted on a plaque at the VSA office.
I. ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FREDERICK H. TUTTLE AWARD
Superintendent members of the Vermont Superintendents Association who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their district, community, state and professional association for the benefit of students and public education.
A. Nominations must be submitted by another superintendent member of the Vermont Superintendents Association by completing the online form.
B. Nominations must be submitted using the online form before the first Friday in April. (April 2, 2021)
C. The President of the Vermont Superintendents Association will select a panel of five VSA members representing VSA’s five regional groups to evaluate the nominations and make a recommendation with respect to the award. Evaluation committee members will remain anonymous.
D. The Vermont Superintendents Associations will recognize the award winner at its spring meeting.
E. The recipient of the Frederick H. Tuttle Award will become Vermont’s nomination for American Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year Award.
The Frederick H. Tuttle Recognition will be awarded on a merit basis and is not necessarily intended to be an annual presentation.
About Frederick H. Tuttle
Frederick H. Tuttle began his education career in 1959, when, as a recent graduate of Middlebury College, he taught language arts at Lyman C. Hunt Junior High School. After four years as a teacher, he became the school’s assistant principal and later served the same role at Burlington High School. In 1970, Mr. Tuttle became the Assistant Superintendent for the South Burlington School District. He was appointed Superintendent one year later, a position he held for more than 20 years. Mr. Tuttle died after a heroic battle with cancer on June 7, 1992. The City of South Burlington renamed its middle school the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in his honor.
Fred Tuttle was a quiet scholar of English literature and a respected and exemplary administrator. In a job that involves finance and bureaucracy, Tuttle cared most about people. He treated everyone with whom he interacted with respect, interest, and attention. Tuttle helped recruit high-quality, experienced teachers and principals who shared his respect for children. Under his leadership, the South Burlington School District gained national and state recognition for educational quality. Mr. Tuttle remained committed to teaching and exemplified excellent leadership. He was a gentle person and an extraordinary gentleman who rarely gave orders and frequently offered his assistance to others.
Mr. Tuttle devoted large amounts of his time to his professional associations and was an active member in the Vermont Superintendents Association, where he served as a Trustee and Secretary. He was also active in the Champlain Valley Superintendents Association, the American Association of School Administrators, and Phi Delta Kappa. Mr. Tuttle served as on the Board of Trustees of the Medical Center of Vermont. Throughout Tuttle’s 33 years as an educator, he was known as an individual who embodied the best of what public education provides to children and to the community. Frederick H. Tuttle earned the respect and admiration of all who knew him.
Previous Award Recipients
2020: David Younce, Mill River UUSD
2019: John Pandolfo, Barre SU
2018: John Alberghini, Chittenden East SU
2017: Jay Nichols, Franklin Northeast SU
2016: Tracy Wrend, Lamoille South SU
2015: Ron Ryan, Addison-Rutland SU
2014: Brent Kay, Orange Southwest SU
2013: Elaine Pinckney, Chittenden South SU
2012: Ron Stahley, Windham Southeast SU
2011: Jeanne Collins, Burlington SD
2010: Tom O'Brien, Addison Northwest SU
2009: Dan French, Bennington-Rutland SU
2008: Mike Deweese, Chittenden Central SU
2007: Brenda Needham, Windsor SD
2006: Mary Moran, Rutland City Public SD
2005: Carl Mock, Hartford SD
2004: Lyman Amsden, Burlington SD
2003: Bruce Chattman, South Burlington SD
2002: William J. Mathis, Rutland Northeast SU
2001: James Lombardo, Addison Central SU
2000: Raymond J. McNulty, Windham Southeast SU
1998: Wayne T. Murray, Essex North SU
1997: Henry J. Burnham, Rutland South SU
1996: Brian C. O'Regan, Montpelier SD
1995: Alice W. Angney, Lamoille South SU
1994: Harold M. Boyden, Chittenden East SU
1993: Raymond J. Proulx, Essex Town SD