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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.

Award Criteria


The Vermont Superintendent of the Year process and recognition is intended to recognize a superintendent who has demonstrated exceptional leadership for the benefit of students, their community and public education.




A.   The nomination process is open to all, with specific emphasis on nominations coming from the school community. VSA member superintendents are still encouraged to nominate colleagues. 


B.   Nominations must be submitted using the online form on or before Wednesday, March 15, 2023.


C.   The President of the Vermont Superintendents Association will select a six member review committee with an emphasis on gender balance, regional balance, and would include two former superintendents of the year.


The committee, the selection process and the result will be confidential.


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 

2022 Amy Minor, Colchester SD

2021: Zack McLaughlin, Springfield SD


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

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