Salutes & Awards

May 3, 2012

Superintendent receives prestigious state award

Story and photo by Natalie Lakosil
Staff Writer
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Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, presents Superintendent Dr. Ronda Frueauff, Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools, with a certificate for the commanders award for public service. Frueauff is the recipient of Arizona’s Distinguished Administrator award in the Superintendent division, which she will formally receive in Tucson on June 11.

“Do what you love and it will make your soul rich. Do what you do, if you knew every dream could come true. When you are doing what you love it feels as if you are flying.” No limits but the sky, a passage Superintendent Dr. Ronda Frueauff, Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools, used to describe her feelings.

Frueauff was recognized by Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, Tuesday when she was presented with the Commander’s Award for Public Service. This award came after she was selected to receive the Arizona School Administrators Distinguished Administrator Award in the Superintendent category.

The educator will formally receive her award June 11 in Tucson; however Potter wanted to take an opportunity to recognize her accomplishments with her friends and staff in attendance.

“You truly are pivotal in growing the next generation. I couldn’t be happier and prouder today to recognize you for what you have done and what you will do in the future in front of your peers,” Potter told Frueauff in front of more than two dozen colleagues and friends.

“I sincerely appreciate your acknowledgement of my dedication to the school community and I am honored to serve,” Frueauff said. “I am so pleased to accept this recognition on behalf of many people. Many in the audience have encouraged me and been very supportive of all the things I have done and have helped me walk through all the open doors that I have been able to walk through with enthusiasm.”

“I feel very honored and overwhelmed and humbled. I love what I do and every day is a new day. It all leads to some really good experiences for the students,” Frueauff added.

Bonnie Austin, director of Special Education and Federal Programs, nominated Frueauff for the distinguished award.

“She is just an extraordinary leader in every capacity. She has tremendous vision. Many administrators have vision but along with that she understands the strategies and action steps for getting things done. She has really proven that in her seven years of being here,” Austin said.

Two elementary schools and one middle school have been built since Frueauff became superintendent. Smith Middle School started out as her concept of where we wanted students to be in the 21st century, and that was truly her vision. That is going to be seen in August when the new school opens, Austin said.

“It just came with her thoughtful reflection, what needs to happen for students turning into the future and the 21st century learner. We know that there is tremendous work that we are doing but she is certainly at the forefront of knowing what our kids really need on the local, state and national levels, Austin added.

I think she is well recognized as a leader, whether it is in the superintendence or other people who seek out her advice on many things, myself included,” Austin said of Frueauff.

Frueauff came up with the idea to implement a district instructional leadership team, which involves 16 teachers with three members from all sites. The goal is to look at the instructional framework and what excellent instruction looks like. If that is really addressed, then we know student achievement is going to increase, Austin said.

Frueauff has an excellent rapport with the army community, that is evident through her appointment to serve on the army educational summit council, Austin said.

“Her accomplishments are daily. She is one that is constantly advocating for the students that attend school here but also just advocating for all students. I think she is a very strong leader, I don’t see her as being anybody to ring her own bell. She is very focused on the task of her job and the magnitude of that,” Austin said.

“To me, it just seemed that the award so suited who she is on a daily basis and that it really was an honor to nominate her. She gives you the time to have meaningful conversations with her, and one of the things I love about her and that even though she is out of the classroom, so to speak, she is just an extraordinary teacher. I learn something from her every day,” Austin said.

Frueauff ‘s accomplishments since she has been superintendent of the Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools include:

2012 — Was hand selected by the Governor’s Office of Education and Innovation and State Superintendent of Instruction to serve on the Arizona Steering Committee to establish an integrated technology system for Arizona schools

2011 – present — Delegate to American Association School Administrators Governing Board

2011 — Arizona School Administrators Association – Secretary/Treasurer

2008 — Received the Commanders Award for public service from the Department of the Army

Professional affiliations include: Arizona Association School Administrators; American Association of School Administrators National Rural Education Association; Team Cochise County Alliance; and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Frueauff‘s community service and leadership roles include: work with Children Family First Council; Workforce Development Regional Board; Community Action Board; Army Leadership Council; Military Child Education Coalition; Military Impacted School Association and National Association of Federally Impacted Schools Association.




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