Vermont Superintendent of the Year / Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award

We are pleased to announce that the Nomination Period for the Vermont Superintendents Association’s Frederick H. Tuttle Superintendent of the Year Recognition is Open

The Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA) is pleased to announce that the Frederick H. Tuttle Superintendent of the Year Nomination Process is open to all, with a specific emphasis on alerting members of the Vermont Education Community and inviting their nominations of worthy candidates for the recognition.  

Now for the second year, the Superintendent of the Year Nomination may be made by any person whereas in previous years, nominations could only be made from within the ranks of superintendents.

Nominations can be made using the online application available hereThe nomination period will close on March 15, 2024 after which nominations will be reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee comprising superintendents and former superintendents from across Vermont including two former superintendents of the year.

The nomination process emphasizes demonstrated service and accomplishment in the areas of leadership for learning; communications; professionalism; leading for equity; resource management and service to the school district/supervisory union; region; state and the Vermont Superintendents Association. Vermont’s Superintendent of the Year becomes the nominee for AASA’s – The School Superintendents Association – National Superintendent of the Year. 

Previous Tuttle Award Recipients:

2023 Jennifer Botzojorns
2022 Amy Minor
2021 Zach McLaughlin
2020 David Younce
2019 John Pandolfo
2018 John Alberghini
2017 Jay Nichols
2016 Tracy Wrend
2015 Ron Ryan
2014 Brent Kay
2013 Elaine Pinckney
2012 Ron Stahley
2011 Jeanne Collins
2010 Tom O’Brien
2009 Dan French
2008 Mike Deweese
2007 Brenda Needham
2006 Mary Moran
2005 Carl Mock
2004 Lyman Amsden
2003 Bruce C. Chattman
2002 William J. Mathis
2001 James D. Lombardo
2000 Raymond J. McNulty
1999 No Recipient
1998 Wayne T. Murray
1997 Henry Burnham
1996 Brian C. O’Regan
1995 Alice W. Angney
1994 Harold Boyden
1993 Raymond J. Proulx

About Fred 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.